SERIES – THE MYTHS IN OUR WORLD: INTRODUCTION

By Mara PALAGHICIUC, EEB4, S5 FRA

Myths, myths and more myths

Have you ever wondered were we come from? Or what happens when we die? Millennia ago, when the human civilisation was only beginning to flourish, in the land of Ancient Greece some of the most well-known myths were born; they helped quench our thirst for knowledge. 

They were the bridge that linked the two banks of our inner being: rationality with faith. But before we realised, myths became more linked to the practices of certain societies, than they were given credit for… So, what exactly is a myth?

Source: https://www.greece-is.com/the-truth-behind-the-lost-statue-of-athena-and-the-virgins-of-the-parthenon/

Into the world of myths

A myth is an imaginary construction that explains social or cosmic phenomena, and which is the cornerstone of certain social practices, according to the fundamental values of a community. In primitive societies, they were indispensable; they gave communities the sense of morality that was needed, and enhanced belief, which in turn strengthened the inter-social exchanges a community needed in order to survive. 

Through them, one could find their purpose, and weigh the situations life threw at them, according to their beliefs; thus, myths were also maps that displayed the meaning of good and evil which guided people over the course of their lives.

Now, myths still are a beacon of knowledge, and can still guide us, although they have more of a recreational purpose in today’s society.  In this series of debunked myths, you will also be able to quench your thirst for some of the most peculiar yet breathtaking stories! 

2 thoughts on “SERIES – THE MYTHS IN OUR WORLD: INTRODUCTION

  1. Thanks for the interesting introduction, Mara. EEB4 would like to start a complementary course “Classical Studies: myth and society”. Can we ask you next year to give an introduction on myth and its importance? Judging from your article this introduction could attract enough pupils to be able to start the course…

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