On Yom Kippur we ask forgiveness and repent. Although the stories are suggested to be myth, this does not mean that the ‘characters’ or people involved did not actually exist. On the contrary it is probable that they did exist, however it is the stories which may or may not have in fact occurred, hence the suggestion that they may be myth. A problem arises at the proposal of stories in the Jewish Scriptures being myth. If some stories may or may not have happened, how do we define which parts of the Bible are mythical and which parts are literal?
Along with the tale of the tooth fairy, the biblical story of Exodus 1-12 is often misconstrued. The tooth fairy is often assumed to be a myth when it is actually not more than a fictional story. On the other hand, Exodus 1-12 is frequently considered to be merely a religious and historical account when it is actually an authentic myth. So why is Exodus a myth when the tooth fairy is not? Unlike the tooth fairy story, the biblical Exodus story provides a complex tale concerning the creation of a new identity of people.
After discoveries from the Trojan War, this logic had changed and become reversed, gathering people once again into Greek history. To the Ancient Greeks, Mythology was at the heart of everyday life, and highly regarded as part of their history. The word “myth” originates from the Greek word “mythos” meaning “speech” and later known as “fable” or “legend.” (Myth. 2). This shows how the age of gods and mortals, origin theories and the Greek conception of philosophy are highly evident in proving that Greek society had evolved around the folklore and storytelling that had helped shape their society in believing in gods in order for their safety and stability.
Some may not contribute to the hero directly, but teach a moral or lesson to the audience listening to the story. The audience directed towards is the Greek society and the morals are taught by storytelling. By using storytelling, a hero is often created as the ideal and spread throughout the land to become a legend In The Odyssey, there are many storytellers that contribute to the creation of the hero, Odysseus. Storytelling within the story creates a fictional world in which the characters play in. We, the audience, are in the same position as character listening to the story first hand as well.
Religion is just one big belief that has its origins in myth. The generals would try to become similar to the gods in myth. The ancient Greeks stories would rely heavily on myth. What this essay is interested in however is myth in ancient Greece. Just like a language can have many different dialects, their can be many different myths about the same subject.
Long ago, stories of gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters in ancient Greece were essential to everyday life. Mythology is a culture’s collective rationalization of events, history, and super natural power. Myths are told to have originated in ancient Greece during but the concepts true source is unknown. Influences mythology has on Greeks and Romans include religion, history, art, and entertainment. The earliest myths are found to exist during the archaic period.
Greek and Roman myths encompass the gods that the cultures worship. Myths often serve to teach a lesson or play on superstitions. The origin is unknown and because it has been handed down orally, there are variations in the story. The story often travels around to other cultures also. This leads to similar myths among cultures.
Therefore, The Odyssey is not a plausible story because there are mythical creatures, there are many improbable occurrences, and the gods interact with the mortals. With these components, it helps further justify that it is not a feasible story. When The Odyssey was created, it was over a long period of time. It was told to groups as a story which was added onto and passed on, until Homer finally wrote it down. Then, back in 700 B.C.E., it was most likely told as a true story, but now, with better knowledge of the world and our surroundings, we can conclude that it is not at all true.
This site is primarily a source for Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Celtic, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, and Babylonian Mythology...also called religion. Many people have different definitions of what Mythology really is. "Mythology is known as the body of myths of a particular culture, and the study and interpretation of those myths. Myth may be broadly defined as a narrative, that through many retellings, has become an accepted tradition in a society." If this is the true definition of mythology, why then do not some our stories from today fit into this catagory.
Through the Greek’s creative minds, they created divinities which would be held responsible for the occurrence of different phenomenon (such as earthquake, night and day, shift of season and etc.) Though, no historian can pinpoint or estimate the exact era when Greek mythology was created. Ancient Greeks are not only the bearer of these stories; they were also the bearer of a school of thought called the Classical Heritage. This discipline has a firm focus on the quality of knowledge which highlights the accurate and factual depiction and description of thoughts. The ancient Greeks used these stories as a reason and implicitly, they just use these stories and metaphors such as nymphs and naiads to personify the frightening creatures on th... ... middle of paper ... ...ssical Review, 44(1), 221.