July 26th
11:23 AM

Welcome to Mythable Myths - an introduction of sorts

Hello and welcome, so nice of you to drop by. My name is Kristen, and I love mythology. I’m not even going to narrow it down, because I love mythology in its entirety - starting at just purely and simply its definition:

my·thol·o·gy


[mi-thol-uh-jee]
 
noun, plural [my·thol·o·gies.]
  1. a body of myths, as that of a particular people or thatrelating to a particular
     person: 
    Greek mythology.
  2. myths collectively.
  3. the science or study of myths.
  4. a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with aparticular
    group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered: 
    the Fascist mythology of the interwaryears.


and of course not to exclude its root:

myth


[mith]

noun

  1. a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.
  2. stories or matter of this kind: realm of myth.
  3. any invented story, idea, or concept: His account of the event is pure myth.
  4. an imaginary or fictitious thing or person.
  5. an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.
Though of course, if you are wandering about here - 
chances are in favor of you already knowing all that <3
In some cultures/societies/religions, myths are very much true  - Take for instance Hinduism; the Ramayana and Mahabharata are called “myths”, but they are revered as the truth by the majority. 
The Ramayana is the ancient Sanskrit epic of ancient India, including 7 books (called Kandas) featuring major figures of the Hindu Pantheon, telling the story of Rama, avatar of the Supreme God and Soul Vishnu, and his trials.
The Mahabharata is the ancient Sanskrit epic of ancient India, including 18 books (called parvas) recounting details of the Kurukshetra War while also lingering upon a diverse range of subjects including the philosophy of the four purusharthas, or “goals of life,” to name just one.
I could go on forever about the Ramayana and the Mahabharata but that’s not what this entry is supposed to be about!

My point is, while I may initially see these epics only as stories told and passed down in a culture that is different from my own, it rings to be the story of ancient ancestors in truth to Hindus across the globe and it is important to recognize that. Myths explored here will include pieces from religions that are very much still alive today, because every religion has its own range of mythos! Religions started out somewhere, didn’t they? Most frequently they were created at the Beginning of Time, hm?
Nearly every culture/religion holds in its grasp a Creation Myth - and that is exactly what it is;
A myth.
But, as I said before, to people today many of these myths are regarded as truth and it is somewhat insulting for it to be lowered to the level of being called a myth - But here at Mythable Myths I don’t discriminate. Each and every religion which contains stories passed down detailing important figures, events, etc. is fair game. Christianity, Islam, Judaism…All of them hold within their ancient and sacred texts powerful myths which shouldn’t go unnoticed just because they’re still practiced today, I think. Sure, the majority of topics touched here will be ancient myths or outdated ones that no longer ring true in the hearts of their population, but many religions/cultures had figures in their myths and folklore and tall tales that merged together with ancient Christian, Islamic, and Judaic scripture, just as the Romans absorbed and merged many of their figures and deities with ancient Greek figures and deities. And to extend even from THERE, many Greek figures and deities had been absorbed and merged with ancient Cretan/Pre-Hellenic European mythos!
That’s the beautiful thing about mythology - it’s always changing, it’s always growing, it’s always meshing and molding and morphing into something it wasn’t before. It’s truly remarkable, and a great beacon for sociological points of view.
We can learn a lot about the ways of humankind through mythology; even if the myth in question is about an animal or why the sun doesn’t shine when it rains, the ones passing down the story were human and something, however great or small, was learned from that story and appreciated enough to be passed down.
And I plan on sharing what I learn with all of you out there who could be reading this right now. I want everything I know about mythology to be what YOU know about mythology - and I want people to share with me their knowledge as well! I fully expect this to be a grandiose learning tool for me, and encourage it greatly. There is so much I DON’T know, and all of that which I don’t know I would LIKE to know. 
In short - I’ll share stories with you, you share stories with me <3 Let’s make this as fun as we can make it!
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