Sunday, March 14, 2010

I found myself studying the Ancient Religions of the Greeks and over and over again writers refer to them as Greek Mythology. This started yet another branch in my research. Why would writers refer to Ancient Religions as Mythologies... Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic... the list goes on. Clearly these were the religions of their people in ancient times... their beliefs, practices and even faiths. And with the exception of the Norse and Celts shared many common themes in theirs stories. These common themes are all present in Christian stories as related in the Bible and other Christian traditions. So it can not be the type of stories that make up these ancient faiths that earned them the title of Myths.

I found all of this very interesting and very one sided. If writers and readers want to label these ancient religions as mythology than the term must also apply to the Ancient Christian Faith too... and the modern one.

The next step... Baptist Mythology 101 coming to a school near you.

2 comments:

Caley said...

I guess it's a matter of semantics. I regard all religions which have one or more deities to be a myth, since I personally don't believe in deities, period.

Then again, it could be said that all religions, even old, dead ones, are still religions, even if no one practices them anymore, and so should be called religions, not myths.
But hey, what do I know?

Rebecca at the Well said...

Hey Ken, is there any chance that Lady Philipa(spell??) would make a costume for money for someone ?? Just wondering cause I am in LOVE with her steampunk outfit and think I would love to go as steampunk to DragonCon this year!! :)