Greek Mythology. What is mythology?. Oral Tradition : stories passed from group to group for the purpose of entertainment and enlightenment. For a time, the oral tradition was necessary for the growth, development, and maintenance of a culture , as few people could read. Question :
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Arachne was truly gifted in the art of weaving. Not only were her finished products beautiful to look at, but the very act of her weaving was a sight to behold.
She challenged Athena to a contest. Arachne created a tapestry showing scenes of Zeus’ various infidelities. Athena tore up the tapestry. Arachne ran away in shame and committed suicide. Athena brought her back to life but transformed her into a spider.
1. Myths present guidelines for living.
2. Myths justify a culture’s activities.
3. Myths give meaning to life.
4. Myths explain the unexplainable.
5. Myths offer role models.