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Home David A. Stock Image. New Condition: New Hardcover. Save for Later. About this Item Language: English. Brand new Book. The most comprehensive resource available on creation myths from around the world-their narratives, themes, motifs, similarities, and differences-and what they reveal about their cultures of origin. People are not born with a "culture"; they learn "culture" through the process of enculturation.
People develop and maintain cultures to deal with basic problems like survival and other issues geographical, social, economic, philosophical, etc. To take root and survive, a culture must satisfy the basic needs of people who live by its rules, develop means to ensure its transmission and continuity across generations, and provide an orderly existence for members of the society.
Religion, Myth and Stories -- i. Narratives, both sacred and secular -- Art and Aesthetics, Language and Language Arts including Oral Arts, Literature, and Film are all important expressions of a people's culture. All cultures have religions, which are powerful and dynamic forces in human society. To overcome limitations, people often turn to supernatural beings and powers: e.
Through ritual religion in action —e. Most cultures have religious specialists —e. Creation or origin myths explain how the world came to be in its present form, and often position "the cultural group telling the myth" as the first people or the "true" people "Myth" Such sacred stories, or narratives , concern where a people and the things of their world come from, why they are here, where they are going.
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All cultures create and tell stories, and myth-making is an important human creative activity. Myths, stories, legends, folklore, tall tales give valuable insights into how people perceive and think about their world. Language arts, oral and literary traditions express how people order their experience and the universe, set standards of behavior, shape and reflect cultural values.
Poets, storytellers, writers, as well as other artists and performers, make and use symbols to shape and interpret experience, create works of beauty and significance—whether religious or secular—and exercise the human imagination in a rich diversity of ways the world over. Some poets--notably William Blake of the late eighteenth-century, and William Butler Yeats of the lateth and early 20th century Modernist period--have even created their own personal mythic systems.
Why do these similarities occur? Do all human beings inherit a common, if unconscious, set of mythic figures, forces, patterns, implications, and structures from our common ancestors? Myth critics draw upon philosophy, anthropology, psychology, history, folklore, linguistics, and literature to study these correspondences and speculate on the reasons why.
They approach myth, as well as language, as a way of responding to the world and creating a worldview. They describe myth as non-intellectual, primal, emotion-laden, experiential, and imagistic.