Mythology Essay

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Columbia College Intro to Mythology and Folklore Instructor: Professor Elliot Essay #1 Due: April 8, 2012 By: Daniel R. Randall The first question that Professor Elliott asked us in our discussion was “What is Myth”? I started thinking about Myth and what I know of it. Thinking about all of the different stories I knew, where I learned them, and how they affected my life. I particularly enjoy the “Greek period”, and thought about how many movies, short stories, take-offs and even how many of these myths have been stolen, characters changed and re-packaged and then feed back to the populace without even knowing a myth had been recycled.. I then started asking the question are the myths and lessons in Greek Mythology still relevant today and if so, how do they continue to affect people even today with our busy life’s. Webster’s Dictionary defines a Myth as” a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon and Mythology as the body of customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings associated with a people, thing, or place”. But in the quest to answer is it relevant today I think you have to look deeper into why these stories were collected, passed on, written down and told again and again to so many generations. Ancient Greek mythology began as a way for people to understand how the universe came into being. Both Roman and Greek mythology used stories to explain the workings of the Earth and the sky. The stories were also used as a way to guide people's behavior. But even before that at man’s earliest beginnings there needed a way to explain the unexplainable, a way to keep societies or what would become societies in order, a set of expectations of human behaviors and a code for what was acceptable. From the first lightning strike that

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