Myths and Mythology

As a child, I always thought of myths and mythology as tales of ancient times with no hint of truth.

I was carefully shielded from the fact that most religious beliefs are categorized as myths and mythology.

Oh the tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

Shame on religious fanatical maniacs.

Obviously, there is seldom any proof of myths, yet many cultures swear by the mythology that has been passed down to them for generations.

This is precisely why religions fall into the category of mythology in academia.

Christians also fall into this category.

Just so you know.

It’s time for all of humanity to examine WHY they believe what they believe.

If it’s simply because that’s what you were told as a child, then that’s not good enough.

Once upon a time, children were told that the world was flat. 

Remember that.

“Greek mythology is largely made up of stories about gods and goddesses, but it must not be read as a kind of Greek Bible, an account of the Greek religion.  According to the most modern idea, a real myth has nothing to do with religion.  It is an explanation of something in nature:  how, for instance, anything and everything came into existence; men animals, this or that tree or flower . . . Myths are early science, the result of men’s first trying to explain what they saw around them.  But there are many so-called myths that explain nothing at all.  These tales are pure entertainment, the sort of thing people would tell one another on a long winter’s evening. . . . But religion is here, too.”

–Edith Hamilton, Mythology

“Myths concern us not only for the part they play in all primitive, illiterate, tribal, or non-urban cultures . . .; not only for the grip that versions of ancient Greek myths have gained through the centuries on the literary culture of the Western nations; but also because of man’s endearing insistence on carrying quasi-mythical modes of thought, expression, and communication into a supposedly scientific age.”

–G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions

For more quotes, meanings and explanations of myth, see http://faculty.gvsu.edu/websterm/mythdefinitions.htm