Religion v. Myth

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  1. stellaluna

    stellaluna New Member

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    This feels a bit silly to ask, but what is the difference between religion and myth? Weren't ancient myths also part of a religious belief system?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1

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    An answer most won't like is mythology is a former religion that went out of favor, or one that you don't believe.
     
  3. Arif Ghamiq

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    Antique Religion
     
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    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    When I think of myths, I usually think of origin stories - such as the creation of the world or the significance of a person instrumental to the community's origin - that express the worldview of a particular culture or group of people. Religion encompasses myth, but myth doesn't encompass religion. In other words, myth is a component of religion.
     
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    Joseph Campbell, "Myth is what we call other peoples' religion."

    Though we also call more mundane things which we consider baseless beliefs by the name of myths.
     
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    are there myths that one time weren't believed?
     
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    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily disagreeing, but there's much more to myth than that.

    Myths are often concise and stripped-down stories that transmit complex understandings.

    And myth-making continues. Can't recall the author, but there's a book on modern myths, those tales we've all heard of that happened to someone we don't know, that are actually retellings of centuries-old stories.

    Then their are our personal myths, how we tell our own history, to ourselves as much as others.

    Humans are myth-makers.
     
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    Interesting, in the context of this discussion I think myth needs some group think, and acceptance, ancient chronology and literary notoriety.

     
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    stellaluna New Member

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    This is actually kind of where I was landing, but I know there must be more nuance than that.
     
  10. Cino

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    Fairy tales?
     
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    I think myths might fit into that category, but not the other way round?
     
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    Big Foot is a myth - Right ???
     
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    I'm not good at this nuance, folklore? Legend? Definitely not a religion or is it?
     
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    The story of Adam and Eve, for example, is a myth.
     
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    Some myths express perennial truths, whereas other myths are false.
     
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    True myths?
     
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    Yes, there are Native American myths that resonate more with me than the story of Adam and Eve or stories rooted in ancient Roman culture.
     
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    As in true? Or moralistic parables?
     
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    Are there any ancient myths that speak to you?
     
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    Not only a moralistic parable, but truths about the universe too. Here's an example from a Hopi origin story of human beings:

     
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