RLG332H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Inanna, Theogony

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Lecture 8 RLG332 July 29, 2016
Janice rushing argues that modern myth is an ethical myth and reconciles our surroundings
Excursus: narrative
Narrative is necessary for myth
What’s the difference between myth and narrative?
oNothing
Campbell tries to fit religion in this classical narrative
oThe narrative can work with anything
oHeroes journey can be placed with anything (even a romantic comedy)
The heroes journey vs the divine feminine (alien)
Janice Rushing talks about the divine feminine
Divine feminine thesis
Feminine is often depicted as destroying man and subduing him
The divine feminine: the frontier of myth
Myth of the frontier- Western movies
oIn Hollywood Westerns, woman looks inferior to men and they play mundane people
that men can only be
oTo conquer is to subdue the “west”
oThe land is the frontier myth, the goddess is to be subdued
oThe feminine is to be conquered physically and as land
The frontier myth- Space movies
oRobbers become asteroids
oIn the western there is a conquering, but in space there is nothing to be conquered
oRomanticizing of the Western is replaced with horror
oDivine feminine destroys man
Territory and the divine feminine
Hesiod’s Theogony describes the Earth as Gaia (Greek) or Terra (Roman for territory)
oGaia is the mother to all
Zeus and all the Gods were born out of the unity of Uranus (sky) and Gaia
(Earth)
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