Category: Mythology

TO THE ANCIENTS, THE MEANING OF THE STORY WAS MOST IMPORTANT, NOT THE LITERAL TRUTH OF THE DETAILS OF A CERTAIN VERSION OF A TALE.

Mythology (from the Greek ‘mythos’ for story-of-the-people, and ‘logos’ for word or speech, the spoken story of a people) is the study and interpretation of often sacred tales or fables of a culture known as ‘myths’ or the collection of such stories which usually deal with the human condition, good and evil, human origins, life and death, the afterlife, and the gods. Myths express the beliefs and values about these subjects held by a certain culture.

Myths tell the stories of ancestors and the origin of humans and the world, the gods, supernatural beings (satyrs, nymphs, mermaids) and heroes with super-human, usually god-given, powers (as in the case of Heracles or Perseus of the Greeks). Myths also describe origins or nuances of long-held customs or explain natural events such as the sunrise and sunset, the full moon or thunder and lightning storms.

Isis and the Seven Scorpions – Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Isis and the Seven scorpions Having murdered Osiris, the husband and brother of Isis, their evil sibling Seth kept the goddess and her young son Horus as hostages. One night the captives Broke Free with the aid of the god

Scylla and Charybdis – Mythology of Ancient Greece

The channel between Italy and Sicily is dangerous for sailors, with unexpected whirlpools and currents. These natural phenomena inspired tales of Scylla and Charybdis, terrors of the straits of Messina.   Scylla was a beautiful nymph to whom Poseidon, god

Antigone’s Tragic Defiance – Mythology of Ancient Greece

The tragedy of Oedipus, king of Thebes, is one of the most memorable of all the classical myths, but less well-known is the drama of his daughter, which was the subject of the play Antigone by the fifth century BCE

Seth, Lord of Disorder – Mythology of Ancient Egypt

In very early times, Seth was worshipped at his cult center Naqata, and because he was associated with the frightening desert sandstorms of the region, it was important to appease him. He ultimately became a lord of misrule and chaos.

Osiris, Lord of the Underworld – Mythology of Ancient Egypt

Osiris’s main function was to rule the underworld, but he also acted as a god of fertility and agriculture. One of the most enduring deities, he was worshipped throughout Egypt as patron of the dead, lord of the necropolis and

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