Mythology – - -
People have always tried to understand why things happen. For example, they wanted to know why the sun rises and sets and what causes lightning. They also wanted to know how the earth was created and how and where man first appeared.
Today people have scientific answers and theories for many such questions about the world around them. But in earlier times – and in some parts of the world today – people lacked the knowledge to provide scientific answers. There are definitely some things we still do not understand. These people however were imaginative enough to come up with stories about gods, goddesses, and heroes. For example, the Greeks had the story to explain the existence of evil and trouble. The Greeks believed at one time the world’s evils and troubles were trapped in a box. They escaped when the box was opened by Pandora, the first woman. Such stories are known as myths and the study of myths is called mythology.
In this course we will study myths from other countries and also look at those myths we grew up believing. Our hope is to develop an appreciation for varying cultures and look at dominant myths of our own culture.