There Is Nothing Wrong With Myth….

2015-11-12_16-44-06There is nothing wrong with myth, as it is an ingrained part of a cultural and religious traditions. Here is a little about mythology from Wikipedia:

As a collection of such stories, mythology is a vital feature of every culture. Various origins for myths have been proposed, ranging from personification of nature, personification of natural phenomena to truthful or hyperbolic accounts of historical events, to explanations of existing ritual. …  A culture’s collective mythology helps convey belonging, shared and religious experience, behavioral models, and moral and practical lessons.

2015-11-12_16-44-51Lets look at a couple of ways that myth is created:

  • There is a  famous  psychology experiment of giving one person in a group a one or two sentence story and having them pass it to the next person in the group. By the time the story is through the entire group the it is significantly different from the original sentences. Each person re-interprets what he/she heard and then passes that message one.
  • Myth is created when a person tells a story to relay a message. Christ did just that himself on many occasions. They are called parables. They are made up stories to relay an important message he wanted to give us

2015-11-12_16-45-21I will say up front here that I believe that much of the Christian bible is made up of myth. That is just a natural thing when stories are passed down from generation to generation before being permanently recorded. But to say this to many of those who buy into the literal translation of the bible is tantamount to self-proclaiming you are a heretic! To them myth has no place in their religious beliefs.  I know they have their “slippery slope” where they rationalize that if anything in the Bible is not absolute truth then the whole bible needs to be thrown out as worthless. To me that is simply poppycock. For the above reasons I feel sorry for the literalists as they are denying themselves in understanding a very important part of their religious traditions.

There is nothing wrong with myth. It plays an important part of every culture and should be celebrated, not denied. While it may not be absolutely true it speaks truth to the topic at hand. Every society, culture, and religion has its my2015-11-12_16-46-21mythology stories that enrich our understanding.  Native American myth which is also called folklore has stories about the Rainbow Crow, the Maid of the Mist, and the King of Sharks, as well as First Nation. These stories help us understand native-Americans love of the earth over self.

Lets not be ashamed of our myth but instead celebrate it. It is an important part of who we are…

2 thoughts on “There Is Nothing Wrong With Myth….

  • Absolutely true well done for making it plain.
    Richard Dawkins is afraid of myth he believes they are dangerous since they maybe taken for truth.
    Religion has frightened him and many others who see myth as the road to radicalisation.
    He reminds me of Mr Gradgrind in the brilliant novel ‘Hard Times’ he wanted nothing but facts and it almost recked his life.

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  • Welcome and thanks for the comment kaptonok. Yes, myth is often based of fact/truth, that is just its nature. Celebrating myth is just part of many traditions but we gotta watch out that is doesn’t eventually turn into fact as it has done for so may bible literalists. I am going to be writing another Sunday post on that soon. Most don’t realize that literal interpretation is a relatively new concept in Christianity….

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