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Myths address the motivations and the deepest psychological needs of the human race, which explain why myth is considerably similar all over the world. The story forming a particular myth addresses the certain themes. These themes are usually a part of the needs of human beings. Since human’s needs are common throughout the world, the story in a myth reflects the experience of  humans across a large segment of the planet and of time experience. Thus, they have a strong wisdom coming from the human communal experience across thousands of years. Myth speaks to humans’ shared dreams, common needs, motivations, desires and actions that result from them.

List three each of five different types of comparative deities; include names and origins. (Example: Supreme deity: Zeus (Greek), Jupiter (Roman), God (Christian

Creator deity,

Culture hero,

Mother goddess,

Sky deity, solar deity?

The most common types of myths across the humanity are: Sagas - these are mainly based on great historical events; legends - they are fictional stories and are associated with a historical place or person; and folk tales - they are just simple adventure narratives.

Christianity grew out of the Mystery religions and holds many similarities yet today. List the comparative rites between Christianity and those of Attis found in the italicized paragraph on page 197.

Attis was killed and resurrected after three days, which is similar to Jesus’ death. Secondly, Attis’ mother is known as the virgin goddess; comparable to Jesus’ mother - Virgin Mary. Attis’ birth is celebrated on the 25th December, similar to Jesus’.

Per our discussions, how was gold mined in ancient Colchis?

The miners obtained gold using sheepskin. They spread a sheepskin over a board or in some way flattened it. They then placed the skin in the river and fixed it, the fleece being on the upper side, in a way that the stream would not carry it away. When the fleece soaked, it would trap gold particles. The miners withdrew the skin after some time and spread it on the ground for it to dry. When it dried, they beat it, shaking out the gold grains.

What is the true message of the story of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis?

The story is about the son of Aphrodite and Hermes who leaves home and goes to a spring in Caria. Salmacis is the name given to this spring. The name was for a nymph that fell in mad love for a Hermaphroditus, but did seduce him. However, while he bathed in the spring, Salmacis went forward to a frightened youth, and clung to the boy with his arms and legs around his body. He then kissed the boy, but the boy tried to fight Salmacis. Salmacis then prayed and asked the gods never to separate them from each other. The gods answered by fusing their bodies and there and then Salmacis found his body with both male and female genital and was upset. He said that any boy who bathed there would also undergo the same.

Per our discussions (attachment), how are Artemis and the word “Honeymoon” connected?

Artemis is the Greek goddess of childbirth, hunting and wildlife. She was known as Diana in the Roman mythology. She is associated with the moon, just as Apollo is associated with the sun.

8.) Who was the original deity of Delphi?


9.) In Blackfoot society, who owned the tipi?

In this society, there are only few distinguished families that own tipis. The medicine’s designs originated from dreams and could be handed down to other generations. Also, it could be traded in proper ceremonies, and the rituals passed from one owner to another.

10) In her Introduction, Mary Shelley tells us in one powerful sentence why she felt her monster had to be frightening, because Victor Frankenstein tried to play God; find and quote Shelley’s own words. “The pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together; to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world by giving the "spark of life" to a "hideous corpse"(Mary).

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