There are very few people who don’t have at least a passing interest in mythology. Think Loki and Thor from Norse mythology, or Achilles and Hercules who hail from Greek and Roman mythology respectively. Even if you don’t know the finer details and all the stories of the lesser heroes, chances are good you’ve seen a couple of movies that are based on mythological characters.
The dictionary defines myth as:
1 – a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite or phenomenon or nature.
There are other definitions, but this is the one that best suits our purpose.
Why Do We Like Mythology?
Aside from mythology’s allegorical nature, its appeal lies in its soap opera-esque stories that resonate with us all. Who doesn’t like stories of underdogs triumphing over powerful tyrants; who doesn’t want to be seduced by a god or goddess; who doesn’t imagine themselves a hero in battle against a beast that strikes mortal fear in the hearts of all who see it?
The world of myth is attractive because it takes us out of reality; it provides a means of escape and it is, let’s face it, much cooler than Bold or Days.
Mythology is everywhere. Pick a continent; pick a country. You’ll find that nearly every single one has its own myths. And while the names of the mythological gods, monsters and heroes change, the overriding nature of mythology stays the same. That is, it provides a base for creation, it provides an explanation for the supernatural and it provides inspiration.
Travel with us as we look at some of the aspects of mythology from all over the world. We’ll look at the mythological creatures, gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters and stories from Norse, Indian, Roman, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian and Celtic mythology. We’ll even delve into modern mythology, because even though we consider ourselves enlightened, you can’t beat a good myth.