What is it? Who is Who? Wayson 2002 TR6 What do you know about myths and mythology? What do you want to look for when reading a myth? 1.What is the theme of the myth? (moral lesson, natural phenomenon, human conflict) 2. An explanation…….does it explain how something came to be? If so, how? 3. Connection……does this myth connect to another story or yourself? (place, time, meaning) Breaking down the word for meaning What is Mythology? Myths are a body of traditional and sacred stories to explain a belief or natural happening Myths attempt to Explain such ideas as Nature…… Where did earth come from? Man ….. Where did man come from? Gods….. How many? Role of gods? • What cultures created myths? Celtic mythology-The god Lugh Greek mythology-Medusa Norse mythology-Loki Roman mythology-Athena African mythology- Dogon Egyptian mythology- Ra Native American mythologyRainbow crow Aboriginal mythology- See clip Greek and Roman Mythology Link Greek and Roman Gods and heroes are usually the same character with a different name. Odysseus Greek Ulysses Latin (Roman) Why is Mythology IMPORTANT? Advertising “Midas” Mufflers “Ajax” Cleaner “Apollo” NASA Constant References Advertising “Midas” Mufflers “Ajax” Cleaner “Apollo” NASA Language Marital - Mars Museum – Muses Janitor - Janos Ajax The name of the legendary son of Telamon king of Salamis. There is no J in Greek - his name was Aias. He has come from earlier Mycenaean warrior traditions, and was absorbed into the Greeks in the Iliad even though he came from an earlier century. Midas In Greek mythology, Midas was the king of Pessinus. He was the adopted son of Gordias and Cybele and is popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold Epic Tale A long story that celebrates the adventures and achievements of one or more heroic figures of legend, history or religion.