On Myths and Mythology

â?¢ How is the word myth used popularly? For example, what does the statement, "It's a myth" mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words.
â?¢ Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of mankind.
â?¢ What is the relationship between belief, knowledge, mythology, and religion? Where do mythology and religion intersect? Where do they diverge? Think about the function of myth and religion in helping human beings cope with change, suffering, loss, and death.
â?¢ How would you defend mythology's relevance in contemporary culture? Think about familial and cultural traditions. Also, consider how mythology is used in the arts and in advertising to typify human experience.

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the topic of mythology - providing answers to the questions set in the original problem (see above) including the popular use of the word 'myth', the differences between myths cross-culturally, the intersection of myth and religion and the relevance of myth to current culture.