Human society has been wanting answers to some of our most viable questions who created us who are we what is our purpose what is the universe and how was it started who rules the skies who rules the oceans many stories and tales have been created to assist in answering and is anyway possible to the most fundamental questions we called those myths. Deriving from the Greek word Mythos, myth in its most basic form of definition is an "ancient narrative that attempts to answer our fundamental human questions"(Leonard & McClure, 2004)
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Some of the best knowledge, in my opinion, we have gained is that of our World Art. Through art we are able to really grasp the tale of each culture and myth of that time. To me, myth means not just a story told or an elaborate tale, but rather a look into the minds of our ancestors and how they viewed the World. We were given the gift of their tales, paintings, and knowledge to take and learn from. The many different minds that spoke of these myths; “sages, religious fundamentalists, agnostic theologians, idealists, and cynics, racists and fascists, philosophers and scholars.” (Leonard & McClure, 2004)
The Goddess or God of love is the same in each culture, just possesses a different name: Greek is Aphrodite, Hinduism is Karma, and Norse is Freyja for example. Each culture has similar ideas with mythology, because we all want the same thing in the end. We may have different values and views on our paths taken, but deep down we are all human who live and breathe the same air. Myths in the variety of cultures share similar stories with different names and places, similar aspects of life and death, right and wrong, good and evil.
Many cultures have faded into extinction, either because the lack of faith that followed or the tales were thrown out by the invaded religions. No matter the reason, our current cultures are still shaped by the ancient tales while creating new myths for our future to read about.