Theories of Myth Paper

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Theories of Myths Paper Myths are so important when it comes to understanding people; Myth comes from the Greek word ‘mythos’ that simply means story or word. Before histories and books on fiction, fact or fantasy were ever written, man from the earliest days told stories to each other and for each other to communicate, reassure, share, and make sense of his or her realities. Myths enact and present a narrative of how a character lives out or goes through an event or a set of events. Myths have come to symbolize a particular genre of fiction along the lines of legends and folktales - important aspects of meaning-making and identity-creation in cultures all over the world. Mary Magoulick (2009) defines myths as such, "Myths are symbolic …show more content…
They are a construction of reality that 'fits' a particular world view of a group of people. Consider many day and night myths and explanations of season myths as well as myths that explain the source and origins of natural phenomenon like rain, rivers, and mountains. Muller (Scarburough, 1994) believes that all myths are an explanation of and are closely in reference to elements in nature for the purpose of explaining natural phenomenon seen as an essential element to a person, people, and their shared experiences. Myths for Muller refer to meteorological, cosmological, or agricultural phenomena. The allegory and metaphor in myths are explanations and expressions of observed realities. For example, the story of Ceres is an attempt at explaining the nature of the seasons, the myth of Helios returning each night in a golden cup represents the cycle of day and night. He believes also that myths are a degeneration of language in that in the experience of realities of a group of people overtime, through many generations, and migrations, original meanings are forgotten and the remaining metaphors become legendary explanations of the origins of natural elements. Anthropologist Branislow Malinowski believes that myths perform an important function that anchor a particular culture. His studies of South Pacific peoples show that myths are important in traditional societies in that they validate

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