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This paper discusses how to analyze myths and examines different scholars' ideas on the topic. The paper specifically analyzes and examines creation myths, the symbolism in those myths, and their structure. In addition, the paper discusses Joseph Campbell's theory that myths are a part of a collective subconscious.
From the Paper:"Creation myths are the best indicator with which to define mythology because a creation myth is a story of how the world began. They are intrinsically based upon the culture in which the myth is told. The definition of myth must be changed, then, to reflect this idea; thus, one could opine that myths are part of a cultural identity. They are more than that, however--myth is semiology. Myths are a semiological study for several reasons: first, myth is generally an oral tradition imbued with the signs and symbols of a people; the particular societal archetypes used in creation myths set up the syntactic for later cultural mores; and myth sets up a semiotic landscape that often includes all codes for a culture."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Biallas, Leonard J., Myths: Gods, Heroes, and Saviors, (Mystic, CT: Twenty-third Publication, 1986).
- Campbell, Joseph, The Power of Myth, (New York: Doubleday, 1988).
- Leeming, David Adams, The World of Myth: An Anthology, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).
- Alford, Alan, "Myth-Religion", http://www.eridu.uk/Author/myth_religion/myth_religion.html, Accessed 6 December 2007.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
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