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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.

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Use of the word 'Myth'

We use the word 'myth' to refer to something fantastical, something unproven, but something a group of people has come to relate to their own traditions, history and culture. For example, the Celts have the Myth of Dana, the earth goddess and the giants - they, according to the myth, made possible for the difficult beginnings of human beings in the world. But this myth, however important to the Celts before the arrival of the Romans, although unproven, was taken as an essential story that explains the history of a people, and, even without proof, accepted as 'true'. Some myths can grow to become the basis of religious belief. Take for example the 'Epic of Gilgamesh' who recounted a massive flood the drowned the earth - this is said to be the source of the 'Noah' story in the Christian Bible. The Christians consider the story of Noah as true by 'faith' making the myth created essential religious instruction. In the modern days, when we say myth, we are talking about something that aside from being unproven is too fantastical and great. For example, there are myths about ...

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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.