Ancient Myths. What is a Myth?. A myth is defined as a “traditional story accepted as history, which serves to explain the world view of a people.” This is not to be confused with a fairy tale, which is a purely fictional story. Ancient Myths.
A myth is defined as a “traditional story accepted as history, which serves to explain the world view of a people.”
This is not to be confused with a fairy tale, which is a purely fictional story.
Today we will study four different cultures by investigating their mythology:
We will compare and contrast their myths to determine the differences and similarities.
In Chinese myths, the main character, the protagonist, will usually outwit his enemy. Intelligence is an important value taught by these myths.
Gold Colt and the Fire Dragon
Aniz the Shepherd
The Story of the Three Genjias
The Frog Who Became Emperor
Don Yong’s Wife
Egyptian heroes are their gods, pharaohs, and magicians. They possess supernatural power, intelligence, and beauty.
Parting of the Lake
Seven Years Famine
Native American myths deal with respecting others and nature. Often the protagonists in their myths are animals or good friends of animals.
Chipmunk and Bear
Battle with the Snakes
How Bear Lost His Tail
Turtle’s Race with Bear
The Boy Who Lived with Bears
In Greek mythology, the protagonists were men or women of extraordinary beauty or strength. Greek myths glorified physical characteristics, unlike Chinese myths.
Perseus and Medusa
Every culture’s myth all have the same theme of what is good vs. what is bad, but exactly what is good or bad is what makes the myths, and the cultures, separate and unique.
Which were your favorite myths and why?