normandie_france_1.jpgGods, Heroes, and Myth: World Mythology

"Mythology is known as the body of myths of a particular culture, and the study and interpretation of those myths. Myth may be broadly defined as a narrative, that through many retellings, has become an accepted tradition in a society.
Myths typically occur in every culture all around the world. Many of the old stories came to have been created much earlier than even writing was invented. Many of these stories were passed down orally from one person to the next through lessons or even story tellings. Myths dealt with various aspects of a culture, some were meant to simply tell a story, most had a deeper meaning hidden within the tale for the listener/reader to consider.
The three most common types of tales are sagas (somewhat based on a great historical event), legends (fictional story associated with a historical person or place), and folk tales (usually simple narratives of adventure). We today, view these as great stories, but people many many years ago viewed them similar to what people here consider a bible. There are scholars who believe that because these myths typically involved gods and supreme beings, that it was a dimension of a religion.


THE MEDUSA The medusa was an ugly creature. Let s have a look at how she came into existance, for she wasn t always that ugly... Again, the Gods played their role. The Medusa was the daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children of Gaia (Earth) and Okeanos (Ocean). She was one of the three sisters known as the Gorgons. The other two sisters were Sthenno andEuryale. Medusa was the only mortal out of the three. She was once very beautiful and lived far in the north were the sun didn t visit. Being very curious, she wanted to see the sun, and asked theGoddess Athena for permission to visit the south. Athena refused to allow her to visit. The medusa got angry and dared to say that Athena hadn t given her permission because she was jealous of her beauty. that was it! Athena wasangered and punished her by turning her hair into snakes and cursing her by making her so ugly that who ever lookes at her eyes would turn into stone....

Students take the myth of Medusa and develop their own version of the events leading up to or after the events in other Greek mythological tales. Below are some examples of student writings. "The Birth Of Sibling Rivalry" In the world of the Gods there are many powerful forces. Angering Zeus, Hades decided to call upon the spirits of the dead to seek aid in his revenge against his brother. As Hades chanted for the souls to rise up, the spirits of none other than Pericles, a warlord who was greatly feared in his day. Story would finish here if short and the other stories posted would potentially be listed as links below... HISTORIC FACTS AS PRESENTED IN MYTHS