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Interpretation and Definition of Classical Mythology

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Claesson Welsh

Chapter 1Interpretation and definition of classical mythologyNo single theory of myth can cover all kinds of mythsThe word myth comes from the Greek word mythos which means speech or story and that what a myth essentially is a storyA myth can be told through many forms written oral music dance art etcMyth Sage or Legend and FolktaleMyth is a comprehensive term for stories primarily concerned with gods and humankinds relations with themSaga or legend has a perceptible relationship to history so it has it roots in historical factFolktales are often tales of adventure sometimes with fantastical beings and a hero and its object primarily is to entertainFairytales usually have magical content and are often created for the youngSometimes it is difficult to tell one category from the otherMyth and truthIn everyday speech the most common association with the word myth is that it is fictionMyth is a many faceted personal and cultural phenomenon created to provide a reality and a unity to what is transitory and fragmented in the world that we experienceMyth provides us with absolutes in the place of ephemeral values and with a comforting perception of the world that is necessary to make the insecurity and terror of existence bearableOur faith in absolutes and factual truth can be easily shattered Facts change
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