Humanities/105 World Mythology
Discussion Questions WK 2
1. Myths often explain the origins of evil, suffering, death, and what sustains life. Must myths be literally true to be valuable? Explain why or why not. ANSWER: I do not believe that myths need to be literally true to be valuable. To me myths are a valuable part of history that gives us insight or some type of explanation of times, people, and places. They are a mirror that takes past situations and reflects morals that may even still be used in present day 2. Select one creation myth from this week’s readings. What truth does the myth tell you about the culture that created it? ANSWER: I’m going to take the creation of …show more content…
If so, explain how. If not, explain why. ANSWER: Yes; it has shaped the values, beliefs, traditions, and practices of our culture. It has done this because it serves as an order on how we should act here on earth, in the sense of good vs. evil. That we shall go to certain places reap beautiful rewards if we act in a good manner and the complete opposite if we choose not to. 8. In some cultures, social structures are justified through the perpetuation of myth. Why might myth rather than rational explanation be used to justify social structures? ANSWER: I would say this would be done because the structure has such precise measurements that it cannot be explained or have a logical answer, for the way it has been built or made. This is the exact definition of a myth the explaining or reasoning for something we cannot account for. 9. Are there cosmic myths that influence your views, the views of your culture, or daily. ANSWER: The answer to this question is yes, but in the sense of a religious aspect. It guides our culture to live as descent and respectable human beings, it gives us a sense of guidance when we feel weak, when we do not understand, or just as a direction to live just.