Week One Individual Assignment
Individual Assignment: Foundations of Mythology Short Answers
Write 150- to 200-word responses to each of the following:
* 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.
The word myth is used in popularly when someone is telling or speaking of something or someone that is not real or is not telling the truth. It does not matter if it is only a little or a lot. Stories that seem to be too be true. For example my mom used to tell me that I had it good. Back when she was growing up in South Philly, she had to walk 20 miles to school (10miles each way)in snow that came up to her chest with her big brother shoes with no hat or gloves. When she left out it was dark and when by time she got home it ...view middle of the document...
We all eat to live, wear clothes to protect us from the elements, and seek shelter. The way we are raised may just seem a little more advanced or less advanced than others. Until we open our eyes to different cultures we will always think that. That is why I feel that stepping out of the box of your comfort zone is always a good thing and to travel to other parts of the city, states, county, or even countries if you are able too.
* 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.
The relationship between belief, knowledge, mythology, and religion is that they are all different but yet the same in some ways. Belief is when something is believed; whether it is an opinion or conviction. Knowledge is to have a facts or truths. Mythology is a set of stories, traditions, or even beliefs that deal with a culture or group. Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause or purpose of the universe. These four words belief, knowledge, mythology, and religion are all different however you need to have belief in order to believe in anyone of them.
* 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.
I would defend mythology’s relevance in contemporary culture as very relevant. If it was not for some of the myths that were passing down from generations to the next, things we learned in school, friends, or books, I believe we would not have so of the information that we have today. We just have to be able to tell what is able to be proved as the truth and what is not. These are all stories that we can learn from if we choose to look at them in that way. Use the pass to get the answers to the present if you choose too. Some people like to learn on their own. For example when you were a child and your mom or dad always told you do not touch the stove because it is hot. You never really believed them until you found out for yourself.