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Mythology. What is a Myth?.

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what is a myth
What is a Myth?
  • Atraditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being, hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation. Mythological stories are often especially concerned with deities or demigods and explain some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
where do myths come from
Where do myths come from?
  • Many cultures have myths that date back to early societies. Myths are stories that have been told and passed down through multiple generations within a culture.
what are myths for
What are myths for?
  • Myths are stories told to explain human existence and the natural world. Myths often attempt to explain occurrences in nature such as thunder, etc. Myths can also be used to demonstrate a lesson in behavior and establish rules about how people should behave and interact.
what do myths have in common
What do myths have in common?
  • Divine characters (gods and goddesses)
  • Supernatural heroes
  • Mythical creatures and strange beasts
  • Stories that explain the creation of the world and humans
  • Stories that exemplify rules and morals in a society
what do we already know about mythology
What do we already know about mythology?

Think, Pair, Share

  • With a partner, take a minute and brainstorm what you already know about mythology
  • List any mythological gods, goddesses, characters, creatures or stories that you already know. Do you know which cultures these examples come from?
  • Many of the characters and stories we are familiar with come from Greek Mythology. Let’s take a look…
do you know any of these names
Do you know any of these names?
  • Zeus
  • Poseidon
  • Apollo
  • Hermes
  • Aphrodite
  • Icarus
  • Pandora
  • Narcissus
  • Hades
have you heard of any of these creatures
Have you heard of any of these creatures?
  • Cyclops
  • Centaurs
  • Mermaids
  • Demons
  • Cerberus
  • Chimaera
  • Phoenix
  • Nymphs
greek mythology
Greek Mythology
  • In Greek mythology the Gods and Goddesses lived on Mount Olympus. Many of the characters and stories from Greek mythology are referenced in modern books, television, movies, etc.