Myths from Around the World
Myths from Around the World Discover different cultures and people around the world by exploring their myths! Myths are stories that are based on tradition and help us interpret the nature of culture, society, and what it means to be human. Some may have factual origins, while others are completely fictional. Myths are as relevant to us today as they were to the ancients. The subjects of myths reflect the universal concerns of mankind throughout history: birth, death, the afterlife, the origin of man and the world, good and evil and the nature of man himself. They ensure that people of a culture can connect themselves to their ancient roots, and find meaning and joy in their way of life. Mythology typically deal with gods but more often with supernatural beings, gods, demigods, and the explanation of natural phenomenon. Folklore/legends usually makes little reference to gods or goddesses but may have a (non-divine) supernatural element to them. Fairy tales generally have some sort of fantastic element, and might feature magic, imaginary creatures, and often a conflict between sides that are clearly good and evil. All three types of stories have something of the fantastic and the unbelievable in them; the difference is in the content, where it comes from, and whether or not it has some sort of historic basis. Discussion 2 – Myths from Around the World Describe one of your favorite mythic stories, modern or old. It can be from a fantasy book, ancient myth, or a fairy tale. In which culture does the story originate? Then write what happens (the hero and/or heroine, the problem, and the solution or goal), who the main people in it are, where it happens, when, how, and why you think it happens (what do you think might be its purpose or results among people). Explain why it has special meaning to you. Respond to two of your classmates’ posts. Example – Cinderella – (Most of you are familiar with this story.) Culture: France/Europe (Author-Charles Perrault) There are variants of the story in many different cultures. Genre: Fairytale Theme/Plot: (What/How) Cinderella was an innocence young girl who was mistreated by her stepmother and older stepsisters. She …. (summarize the story). Main Character(s): (Who) Cinderella (Heroine) Time: (When) Once Upon a Time Place: (Where) Cinderella’s house, Castle Idea/Lesson: (Purpose) The right person will recognize our worth no matter how bad the circumstances we live in. Being good and kind will not only be recognized but also rewarded. Patience! Forgiveness! Special: This was my favorite book as a child. I remember looking at the beautiful pictures of Cinderella and wishing I could be like her one day.