Myth, Symbol, And Ritual In Religion

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Myth, symbol, and ritual should not be looked at as one being more important than the other in religion. Religion as a whole can be seen as several smaller parts that work together. If we were to think of religion symbolically as a human body, then myth, symbol, and ritual are its parts. Without one of them, the body may survive, but not without complications, and definitely not to its fullest potential. For the purposes of this paper I may to refer figuratively to “myth” as being the feet of the body. Symbolism will be representative allegorically of the heart, and “ritual” will be its soul. This paper will discuss how myth, symbol, and ritual are all equally important in religion. Some people may say that the foundation of religion is built on faith. When a religious person comes to a time in their life where there are some doubts or questions about their faith/belief, they oftentimes refer to the origination of religion. With this in mind, the foundation of religion can very easily be mythology. Every religion has some story about the origination of earth and human beings. For example, in Christianity “the fabulous character of myths is evident in the creation of Eve from the rib of Adam [,] and in the talking serpent in the Garden of Eden” (Schmidt 185). Most devout Christians would take offense if someone claimed that the story that proves their existence is in fact a myth. A myth is not just some story to the people, but rather a truth. They forget that a story can be false. According to the text Exploring Religion, “Myths are distinguishable from other forms of sacred stories in that they are more fabulous than realistic, more imaginative than factual, and more evocative than analytical” (Schmidt 185). Myths help us to make sense of things, and also give us purpose. Myth as a story of creation is just as important as myths about the end of
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