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Mythology

The basic definition of Mythology is, ďa collection of myths about the origin and history of a people and their deities, ancestors, and heroes.Ē  A myth, meanwhile, is ďa traditional story originating in a preliterate society, dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serve as primordial types in a primitive view of the world.Ē  A myth can also be any real or fictional story, recurring theme, of character type that appeals to the consciousness of a people by embodying its cultural ideals or by giving expression to deep, commonly felt emotions.Ē  Other definitions emphasize the fictional, half-truth, imaginary, or unreal aspect, despite the fact that the word derives from the Greek version of tale.  

There is a tendency of any age to assume that those who have gone before are necessarily dumber than the current crop.  This extends to children and their opinions of their elders (although some are amazed at how much their parents have learned in the few short years of the children going from their teens to their twenties).  Whole societies think of the previous generation has not knowing nearly as much as they do.  But if one follows this logic to its inevitable conclusion, then two hundred generations ago (roughly 4,000 years), the people must have been so backward, so primitive, so stupid, that its a phenomena that they survived long enough to parent the subsequent generation.  

Contrary to this view is the idea that perhaps, just perhaps, the folk of yesteryear were not raving morons, wandering about, stumbling over rocks and running into trees.  This idea, however radical, might suggest that there were things they knew of which modern man does not have a clue.  Because of this, perhaps there stories had a strong factual basis.  

Itís clear that our wondrous modern technology would very likely be unable to duplicate The Great Pyramids of Giza.  This is both a technical problem, as well as a motivational, political one.  There are also problems of how the ancients knew how to build Stonehenge in terms of both moving and erecting the stone work, and in designing the circles in such a way as to demonstrate their knowledge (4000 years ago) of the sizes of the other planets.  Given what modern man presumes is the technology of their time, it just doesnít compute.  

Fictional tales are entertaining.  Speculative, far from truthful stories -- not to mention lies and fabrications -- from The National Enquirer and the Congressional Record have their place in the greater scheme of things.  But they are not to be believed.  Itís just that itís very easy to record such ramblings nowadays, and thus they live far beyond their value.  

Mythologies, on the other hand, may be, in truth, renditions of histories.  And in the true tradition of histories, are the stories told by the victors.  In other words, histories are true only occasionally, and for the most part are the ďspinĒ placed upon the actual events by those who are advocating and promoting a particular point of view.  Interestingly enough, ancient mythologies appear to contain more truth than the so-called histories of the same ages.  The mythologies have the advantage, at least, of having been concocted at the time of the alleged event, while the histories were written long after.  

Accordingly, Mythologies may be construed to be true histories:  

        Whose renditions are more easily conveyed by word of mouth,

        That current paradigms are uncomfortable with the implications if the stories are indeed true,

        That current thinking would just as soon not think about,

        That would greatly upset people with a false, traditional, concrete viewpoint, and

        That would require people to rethink the reality of their world.  

The obvious point is that if the ancient myths are true, if extraterrestrials created mankind by cross breeding with Homo erectus, if the Gods and Goddesses of old were, in reality, mortal, living beings, and more importantly, if these same bozos are still around wrecking havoc among our lives...  That might be uncomfortable for some people.  Bummer!  

It is said that if one prays to the Gods and Goddesses, and they donít exist, you havenít lost much.  But if one doesnít pray, and they do exist, one may find themself in deep, mythological do-do. This is especially true, when one contemplates the Return of the Goddess (and how she might be feeling about whatís being going on of late)!  

For homework, read some myths, and then try to imagine that theyíre true stories.  Such is the work of a Paradigm Shift.  Considering 2012 A.D., it might be good practice.  

 

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