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While reading through Chapter 39 and throughout the course, I’ve had something on my mind. Given that Myth is an oral story that has been passed down in that manner, then once the age of writing become the norm for transmission of stories, then is it possible to argue that Myth, in the raw sense of the word, is dead and can no longer be created? 

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4 thoughts on “A Modest Question

  1. Not at all, although greatly reduced in commonality, myth is still alive especially around a camp fire or with a group of children in the form of creating stories in the round. These are both forms of imagination running free and free flowing group creativity. Its a shame its not done more often but it is still part of the collective creative consciousness.

  2. Although that may be true, given the definition of Myth, they secondary trait of Myth is that they need to be culturally relevant to all members of the culture. Sure subgroups can form their own stories and interpretations of stories, but they don’t have the ability to form Myth in the strictest definition of the word.

  3. It certainly is true that myth has become reconstructed through the use of written transmission, however, I do agree with jgrichard2013 that myth is still found in some aspects of life such as family gatherings, religious practices, camp fires etc. It is a shame, though, that nowadays instead of a good old fashioned camp fire story children are staying inside playing on their iPads.

  4. I have to agree, myth can and is still being created. I wouldn’t necessarily confine myth to it’s strictest sense of the term, either. If you look at urban legends, they may or may not be written down, and they can certainly be altered to suit changing times and cultural norms. If you really want to expand the term “myth” to its limits, you might also include all the conspiracy and “revisionist” theories that exist. Some people may believe in them, but for most of us these stories will remain as fabrications.

    That a myth needs to relevant to all members of a certain culture, then one needs to define “culture”. You can limit or expand that term to fit any definition. It might be said that in our more multicultural society, the definition of culture might be even more difficult to assign.

    C.

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