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Gods & Human Men

Briefly describe how mythical men resemble human men.

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Gods & Men

How do gods in myths and legends resemble human men? How do they differ? The gods in myth and legends of cultures all over the world are idealized versions of human men whose attributes are beyond the capacity of 'mere mortals' but rooted in them. How so? For example, when Thor is described, he is said to have the strength of a thousand men and that his hammer can end and start wars. Consider this - back in the earlier centuries when the Norse Mythos was central to the belief system of the Scandinavians and their Teutonic cousins, war was the province of every man. They have to fight for their land, for their families, for their tribes. At the same time, they also have tasks at home and in their communities and the hammer symbolised so many trades - that of the smith, of a carpenter, of a shipbuilder, of a mason, of a miner, for example. Wielding a hammer among the Norse men is an ordinary and necessary task as part of their way of life and survival. It is hard work and back breaking but what tasks with a hammer can achieve builds communities. Thor's hammer then is the 'divine and supernatural' rendition and ...

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The solution discusses how mythical men, in particular figures from Norse & Greek Mythology, resemble human men. References are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.