Mythology Terms (9/6/12)

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Myth

A traditional story that forms the world view of a culture

World View

the way that a culture is programmed to see reality

Archetype

repeated pattern

Motif

repeated pattern

animism

belief that things other than humans have souls

folktale

a non-religious story told for entertainment value. Everyone can tell one.

Origin Myth

tells how things are created. Answer key questions ("border-guard" questions)

Pantheon

a group of gods

Monotheism

belief in one god

Polytheism

belief in more than one god

Trickster

archetyped character that rebels against authority, often causes chaos (which causes change)

Elementary Idea(r)

basic human question

Ethnic Idea(r)

Answers elementary idea(r)s of each culture

Diffusion

one idea(r) that spreads and changes

Parallelism

separate stories that happen to be very similar

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