Discussion in 'General Mythology' started by danrak, Sep 6, 2006.
Your favorite type of mythology
What type of mythology do you most prefer?
I love greek mythology. The gods where not just immortal beings they represented all the different aspects of their lifes. I also think they created the best stories. Hercules anyone!
It's Zeus for me! In fact, one of my dogs has the same name, and he's sort of living up to it too. LOL.
Greek just barely inches out Norse mythology in my opinion.
I'd have to say Greek, followed by a few Anglo-Saxon myths.
Greek and Egyptian mythology are fascinating. I'm also a fan of the Norse myths even though they're a little harder to follow and confusing at times.
I prefer the one you put in italics Or does that simply mean the one I voted for? -.-
Greek Mythology is what I grew up reading about, the stuff about gods, the stuff in Xena [s/p?] and Hercules! Those shows were fun to watch, definitely. Oh, and beastmaster, all those kinds of fictional/sci-fi/mythology shows. Sadly, many of them are not around or are in primetime hours where nobody is awake to see them
I am especially interested in Jewish and Mesopotamian mythology.
I would have to say Norse; it was the first I was introduced to, and has always had the power to captivate my imagination. I find its imagery very strong, and care more about the gods and godesses as characters, in general. I used to like Greek mythology almost as much, but reading Robert Graves's collection and finding the religious history behind the myths was a little depressing. I enjoy reading myths more as great stories with universal truths.
My interest? Slowly moving eastward.
I grew up studying greek, then moved to norse. By high school, I'd branched over to Celtic, though I'm still making heads or tails of it. My current obsession is the Ancient Near East. I play with Hittite, Akkadian, and Assyrian, but Sumerian is what I love these days.
I see where you could get that, but it's only a European connection/theme, I think. Greek is certainly a much later style: immortal gods, less paganistic and primitive themes... The norse may have been a bit later, but they had a much more primitive style, I think.
As a small child my father told me the Greek myths. I had 6 years of latin in preuniversity school. I visited many archeological sites all over the world. Peru, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey (Hittite), Indonesia, Greek, Italy, French and I probably forget a few. I took a year Summerian at the University.
Stories which survive centuries of wear and tear must have something that makes people retell them. What is it? What makes people retell these stories over and over for centuries?
What makes these myth more than your average bestseller?
As a child my father told me the great Greek Myths. I traveled all over the world to visit various Archealogical sites, Peru(Inka, Nazca), Mexico(Maya,Toltecs), Italy(Romans), French(Romans), Greece(Greek), Turkey(Hittite,Ottoman), Egypt,Indonesia(Hindu).
Everywhere you find art inspired by Myths.
Recently I started reexamining the Greek myths and Homer. These works are carrying the weight of ages. I like to try an 'excavation' of these myths by peeling away the layers of interpretation added to it over the centuries.
Even though I was introduced to Greek first, I like the Celtic myths. I'm still working my way through them. They are complex and have to be examined for what they are teaching the audience. Also you have to start with the creation to be able to understand the rest, they build on each other, and are one grand epic story. The Celts made their heroes and Gods more human than most others seem to be, their Gods are not necessarily immortal. They are more akin to being the Celt's forefathers than real immortal deities.
Do you know that some of the mythologies are based on historical events
happened in the remote past? I will give one example.
Many researchers of ancient Roman religion feel that we do not have
much material about it. Most of what had survived had become obscure
long before the time of classical Latin writers whose works have come
down to us. Virgil, Cicero, Varro and many others of that time were
much interested on various aspects of the ancient Roman religion.
They took great pains to investigate the facts and the meaning of
their ancient rites. However, they were hampered by imperfect and
incomplete texts concerning the origins and early history of that
religion. Further, they had to interpret the available material in
the light of what they had themselves been taught, using the Greek
methods of writing history and the Greek concepts of religion. The
meager character of the material and the use of some very archaic
language made them difficult to interpret. As a result, most of the
conclusions written in classical Latin texts were quite different
from the native Roman beliefs.
Some researchers think that history of every country begins with
mythology. It often happens that myths of one land get tangled up
with those of other lands. A myth is often compared to a snow ball
which rolls down a mountain side gathering foreign substances like
snow, earth, rocks and others such that its nucleus is lost to sight.
However, with some effort, some of the historical events can be
established from myths.
The largest epic in ancient Latin literature is the Aeneid by Virgil.
Aeneas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
'Connected with the cult of Aeneas was that of Anna Perenna. When the
plebians took refuge on the Mons Sacer, she brought them food to eat
in the guise of an old woman (Larousse 1968:215). Annona was the
goddess who was prayed to have abundance in grain.' In India, Goddess
Anna Poorna is peculiar to the Andhras. Many Andhra women are named
after this goddess. The name is rarely heard outside Andhra Pradesh.
A legend connected to her says that once upon a time in remote
antiquity there was famine in the regions around Varanasi and food
became scarce. Goddess Parvati came in the guise of an old woman
named Anna Poorna and gave food to the people who took up residence
in the holy temple city Varanasi. Andhras pray to goddess Anna Poorna
to give abundance in grain. The rainfall in India is more than the
total rainfall in all other lands of the world. While peasants of
other countries broke their backs to reap one harvest, the Indians
produced two or three bumper crops a year since ancient times. The
harvest in the Krishna and Kauvery river basins alone was large
enough to meet the needs of rest of India during periods of crisis.
The crop output per unit area of land in this area was not surpassed
by any other country in the world until the invention of modern
agricultural machinery and related equipment. Visitors from Europe
and China in ancient times have praised India as the land of plenty.
Other cognate words in the names:
(1) The god of love in Telugu literature
is called Kaamudu, the word is cognate
(2) In some old European drawings, the
Cupid is shown wearing blind-folds.
Gamta, a word which is cognate with
Cupid, means 'blind-folds' in Telugu.
(3) Cupid is shown shooting arrows in to
hearts of persons to generate love. The
ancient texts of India say that heart is
the seat of love. Gumde, a word which is
cognate with Cupid, means 'heart' in
(4) Cupid is described as a small child.
Gumta, a word which is cognate with
Cupid, means 'a small child' in Telugu.
Many cognate words have formed due to the interaction.
Some are given below. The second one is a Telugu word
having the same meaning which is being used for more
than a 1000 years:
attic - attaca.
asset - aasti.
beat - baadu.
boat - padava.
bore - boriya.
boy - abbayi.
cavity - guvta.
cattle - goddulu.
cheek - chekku.
chin - chunbu.
cut - kota.
dull - deela.
elope - lepuka.
fat - boddu.
foundation - punaadi.
gale - gaali.
lace - allica.
link - lanke.
mask - musugu.
master - mestri.
mead - metha.
mouth - moothi.
mud - matti.
murky - muriki.
nerve - narav.
oath - ottu.
pale - paali.
pan - penam.
pap - pappa.
piece - pisaru.
put - pettu.
site - chotu.
short - chiruta.
show - choopu.
slice - cheelchu.
suck - cheeku.
surprise - achcheraparachu.
sweat - chewata.
theft - thoepidi
thick - dukka.
thread - thraadu.
value - viluva.
veil - valle.
vomit - vaamthi.
upon - paina.
with - waththa.
wonder - winta.
yean - yeenu.
Interest in mythology;
Ding ding! I voted ‘Greek’ because of what interested me as a young’un, but lately I’ve delved deeply into Hebrew, Mesopotamian, Arabic and — generally — Middle Eastern mythologies, legends, and religions. Damn, I wish I’d voted for ‘Other’ now…
I need an "All of the Above."
Although not really, since there's a few I favor more -- mostly the classical and near eastern ones. Egypt tops my list.
definitely Greek, its so interesting
well ... i like many types but my favorits are greek and egyptian
I picked Greek, however I like many of them (Especially Norse) But Greek Is my Fav!
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