Why myths are similar in diverse and distant cultures? It is widely known that the human society has been made and built up by various tribes and groups; therefore, it contains a great number of diverse and distant cultures. However, when it comes to the topic of mythology, many scholars, myself included, readily agree that despite the difference of cultures, myths are similar. This essay will then explain and verify this assertion by providing three main reasons: similarity in religions, influence among different cultural traditions, and pedagogical purposes. The first fundamental reason that dictates the way myths are created is religion. We are living in a diverse world of religions where most people get to determine the religions that fit them the best. Researchers recently show that there are approximately 21 existing main religions that are still maintained, and each of them holds its particular rules and cultures. Nonetheless, despite these distinctive characteristics, the noticeable common point that most religions have is they all keep faith and worship Gods. In the book “The Odyssey” written by Homer, the Western gods are anthropomorphized, carrying such emotional thoughts and feelings. Indeed, this portrayal is considered an effort of humanity to understand more of the divinity. In contrast, the Eastern mind is comfortable with ambiguity and paradox. To interpret this idea, Joseph Campbell has noted in his book “The Power of Myth” that the Eastern gods are much more elemental, less human, and more in charge of the powers of nature. Besides, they don’t carry sophisticated emotions and complex thoughts compared to the Western gods in general. Ultimately, my goal is to demonstrate that myths hold the same ideas about the worship of Gods under different ways of interpretation due to the diversity of the religious world. The second proper explanation for the similarity of myths is the influence among different cultures and traditions. In the past, our ancestors have been gone all around the world exploring and reclaiming in the process of completing the world map. By migration and traveling, people from different cultures get to know each other and as a result, the influence of ideas has appeared. In other words, as people get closer together, we share our ideas and learn from each other. To simplify the assertion, take the instance of mythologists who go around the world to learn about the variety of cultures and distant traditions. By doing so, myths are more or less created with the impact of different traditions and
structure of the poem. However, the title, as we find out, represents who the "Devil's WIfe" is. Although the woman speaks ill of the man, she becomes this mythological character, Medusa, when she is with him. It is interesting to think of who the devil's wife may be, and Medusa could very well be a good representative of that. The similarities that the woman has to Medusa is straightforward: "nobody liked [her] hair," and she gave the camera her "Medusa stare." The hair really helps to create a Medusa-like…
the individual (27).
Oswalt, in chapter two, attempts to define the word myth but prior to his discourse, he revisits the divergence of scholars going from believing in the OT as a separate piece of literature from all other ANE mythological literature to being placed in the mix of ANE literature as mythology.
Oswalt contends the job of defining a myth is challenging especially in a climate the Bible is being placed with other ANE literature. He states there are two definitional…
time? Of course the special powers have changed and the story behind each character but are the same morals and themes still alive? I think the answer can go either way; therefore I use Spider-Man as an example because I see his story as having similarities and differences when comparing to the mythic superhero stories. Spider-Man’s life story is completely different than that of mythic heroes such as Odysseus or Hercules but the concept and idea remain the same in that they have special powers or…
and early 1500s (www.mythencyclopedia.com). Although each culture has different ways of explaining the story, there are similarities and differences among them.
Philippine mythology has a vast collection of tales about magical creations and entities. Their myths are diverse because of the different ethnic groups in the country. One of the most famous mythological creatures in the Philippines is "Bathala". He is a male creature and is described as the Supreme god of Tagalog, a major…
represents the mythological figure. Another similarity between the two paintings that is also similar of earlier time periods is the lack of femininity used for female subjects. The viewer can clearly see that the subjects in both paintings are women, but only because of their faces or hair. The bodies of the women depicted lack the physical attributes of a female. This is seen more in The Lamentation than it is in Diana and Cupid, but the emphasis on Diana is minute.
There is also a similarity in these…
and would find mythological references in an overwhelming number of different media outlets. Saturation is the term I would use, based only on my limited cultural experiences, to describe how mythology effects our contemporary world, one needs to just be observant with purpose. Marketing is such a clever business and if your not careful you might just identify with that Cadillac speeding down a winding road, blasting Led Zeppelin’s version of D’yer Maker, based on a mythological poem. My point is…
sculpted around 1st century AD, after a Greek original in the 4th century BC.1 This sculpture is displayed around other sculptures from Greek and Roman culture, which will recreate its original cultural context to the viewers. This sculpture’s mythological subject matter, overall seductive posture, and exquisite detail thoroughly express the Venus’s beauty. In addition, her nudity started a new conception for female nude to express naturalistic performance and had a far-reaching influence to later…
to be happy, Marc seems to have no more idea of the depths of her pain than the man originally responsible for it. Martine's struggles with the baby come as Sophie is finally settling down into her role as wife, mother and daughter. Thus, the similarities and differences between Martine's two pregnancies lie in emotionally difficult territory.Though the objectification of Martine by Marc and by the rapist is very different, there is a troubling commonality that threatens once again to destroy Martine…
Many of the creations of Greek mythology live with us today in our literature and
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Using the website
research one Greek
mythological character, event, place, or item and write about it below.
Explain the following quote by Beatty:
“Well, now you did it. Old Montag wanted to
fly close to the sun and now that he’s burnt his wings, he wonders why.” T
The Classic of Poetry is a collection of old Chinese literature that has been rewritten and renamed into the Book of Songs/Odes. (“Norton Anthology of World Literature” 812) This collection of poems seemed to become popular around the beginning of Confucianism. Confucianism is the concept of centering one’s life or work on authority figures, family, and friends. The expression of Confucianism is best seen in the work of Tu Fu.
Confucianism is wide spread throughout the Classic of Poetry.…