According to Lévi-Strauss, there are many contradictions in the world. As people live their lives, they will be exposed to opposing views and/or concepts; that require mediation. For example, the concept of ‘nature’ is recognized for its complexity and spontaneity (i.e. without any organization), while ‘culture’ is associated to a variety of characteristics that are analogous to its particular society (i.e. traditions, customs).
Lévi-Strauss created a theory to organize these concepts; in order to determine their linkages. He believed that the main function of myths were to identify their contradictory components; with the aim to explain and/or unravel the elements within the stories.
So… how would you define nature and culture? What constitutes their relationship in myth?
I find that nature typifies individuality, while culture represents specific social frames.
Regardless, I find the separation between these two concepts to be very interesting! 🙂