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"All literature stems from myth" - Northrop Frye
A Perspective on Myth
Myth from Around the World
Every inhabited continent of the globe has presented us with huge amounts
of ancient myth from different cultures and eras. The myth from each
continent would fill libraries, and more is being added from a reservoir
that is greater than what has already been assayed. To a great extent,
cultures around the world have settled down into the countries that we have
today but there are plenty of exceptions, where some countries have more
than one culture, and some cultures transcend the borders of countries.
A wide variety of Japanese myth
Indian major religions are:
Hinduism, Islam, with small contingents of Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism,
and Sikhism. Hindus worship a single god with different forms.
Indus Valley Harappan civilization worshiped the Mother Goddess
The Aboriginal people of Western Australia had their mythology and
religions centered around the "Dream Time" practices, and now most
Aborigines identify with Christianity.
The Bora culture of Eastern Australia
The Maori people of New Zealand had an elaborate system of cosmogonic
Minoan civlization with unique religion and myth
Greek and Hellenistic mythology
Continental Germanic mythology
Mesoamerican & Central American Myth
The Aztec empire and culture had a unique myth and religion that had a
focus on human sacrifice.
The Mayan kingdom and culture had about 3 dozen languages and a religions
that was heavily infused with supernatural. Their Mythology was transcribed
into Latin in the famous Popul Vuh
The Olmec mythology is unknown
The Toltec kingdom and culture had at least 8 languages and a unique religion
The Zapotec people had a polytheistic religion and myth
North American Myth
North American Indian,
South American Myth
The Incan empire was probably the largest in the world at the time, and
had a unique religion, and one that believed in reincarnation,
Christendom essentially dismisses this extensive corpus of religio-myth
as a false narrative, and doesn't pay much attention to it. The Old
Testament is only a part of the Judeo-Hebrew culture's ancient writings that
stand right alongside all of the other mythologies of the world.
Protestantism accepts this material as the world of God purely because the
perception is that Jesus put his stamp of approval upon it. Yet this
conclusion can be challenged and found to be unsustainable.
Just because the Father entity chose the Israeli culture within which to
give the great demonstration doesn't mean that God put his stamp of approval
on their mythology as being the truth. In most ways, it is as bizarre as he
balance of them.