What do you think is the importance of myths in a culture?

What is the difference of myth and religion? Are they a necessary and integral part of culture?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A myth is a sacred narrative about the origins of the world and the things in the world, and therefore an integral part of a culture. A myth is believed to be true by the people (culture) from which it came because religious or spiritual significance is attached to it. When used in academia, the term is not meant to imply that the sacred narrative is either true or false. I'll never forget what one Anthropology professor said in a lecture: "One man's myth is another man's religion." The professor went on to explain that the use of the term outside of academica had taken on the implication that the religious narratives of a culture other than your own is considered mythology; therefore untrue; but that your own culture's sacred narratives would not be considered mythology, and therefore, true. Because of this usage (outside of academia) many people take offense when the religious narratives they believe to be true are called myths. But strictly speaking, a myth is simply the academic term used to describe the sacred narratives of a given culture. In academic circles, a myth is not to be confused with a legend or folktale.

    Source(s): BA Anthropology
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    3 years ago

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    For Starters, there is no "Maori" religion. Religion wasn't introduced to "Maori People" (Native race of New Zealand) until the Missionaries of Europe came to NZ shores, prior to that, Maori had many gods. To echo some of the sentiments of other posters, Stories/Myths were created (and back in the day believed), to give explanation of why things were the way they were. IE: Myth: The South Island being the Waka or Canoe of the Demi God Maui, Stewart Island being it's anchor and the North Island being the Giant Fish that Maui pulled from the depths of the ocean, and if you look close enough at the shape of the North Island it kinda looks like a Stingray or the basic shape of it at least. As for Maori "Religion"? Maori do have churches of their own, two most common are "The Ratana Church" (Founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana) and "The Ringatu Church" (Founded by Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki), both were a adaptation of Christianity said and preached in a way that the Maori people could understand, the latter of the two mixing traditional customs into it's faith. Religion has nothing to do with Maori Myths, but very much to do with the Maori Culture. Myths tells of the history of it's people through colorful tales, the deeds or misdeeds of their ancestors and of who they are, and where they came from.

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  • Mirko
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    1 decade ago

    Myths justify a culture's activities. They define a specific culture's wealth in terms of collective mind possibilities.

    Religion is, in my opinion, the development of a specific myth - the most 'in vogue' one at some point in history.

    They are not only necessary, they are an indissoluble part of a nation/culture's identity.

    For homeworks on this subject, see links.

    http://www.mythsdreamssymbols.com/importanceofmyth...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not so long ago myths were religion in ancient cultures. if you think about it, our religions today of one god may become a myth of the future. Yes they are necessary (myth religion) it shows who we are and who we were. Really, if you read myths, it shapes around what people went through in the past. As for Norse mythology they were in rugged harsh conditions so therefore so were their gods.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    religion is an organization

    centered around beliefs

    associated with one or more

    supernatural beings

    myths are stories

    about supernatural beings

    allow me to speculate

    upon their origins

    i believe the myth

    of the hero

    is central to all storytelling

    all humans are heroes

    everyday we leave

    the safety of our hearths

    to venture forth

    into the dangerous world

    to win our daily bread

    we started as hunters

    then became farmers

    then became laborers

    now we are clerks

    but it's still the same

    out of the cave

    in ancient times

    out of the door these days

    we contend with

    a dangerous world

    and struggle to bring

    our winnings back home

    like the hunter

    with his catch

    like the gatherer

    with her pickings

    like us in our day

    with our paychecks

    and once back

    to the safety

    of the hearthfire

    the story of

    the daily hunts

    grows with each telling

    until lions and tigers and bears

    become griffins and dragons and trolls

    it is our daily round

    that is the basis

    of mythology

    so is myth

    necessary and integral

    to culture?

    though animals too

    follow this same

    basic daily round

    it is only man

    who can relate

    and expand upon

    the particulars

    so in my opinion

    because only man

    can mythologize

    myth makes man human

    beyond his animality

    http://www.odysseusepicmythhero.com

    Source(s): marc ladewig is the author of odysseus-the epic myth of the hero, a novel length, narrative poem, published by infinity publishing.com, available on amazon.com and bbothw.com.
  • 1 decade ago

    There is no importance. It doesn't affect anyone really.

    Like the tooth fairy, its just something not to scare kids when there teeth are lose and need pulling out

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