Learning Goal: I’m working on a humanities test / quiz prep and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
- In Armstrong’s book and in our discussions, we have been trying to define
the question, “What is myth?” How does Armstrong distinguish it from
- Armstrong gives five functions of myth: what are they?
- What is your understanding of myth? How is it shifting since beginning this
class? Please use examples from class discussion and the book.
- The Paleolithic age had some extraordinary spiritual beliefs. What were
some of the aspects of their spirituality that stood out to you? How did myth
play a part in these early traditions?
- What was the most significant development in the Neolithic Age for
humans, and how did this appear in their mythology? What was the most
interesting myth for you in the Neolithic Age? Explain.
- Describe the conditions of the Early Civilization: How did this lead us into
the Axial Age in contrast? How did our relationship to the gods shift during
this time period?
- Why was the axial age important? What happened in China? What
happened in India? What happened in Greece? What happened in the
Middle East? What role did compassion play in all of these traditions?
Why do you think they are or aren’t still significant today?
- Define Mythos and Logos. Please use quotes from Armstrong. How did
they come into paradox during the Axial Age? What was the result?
- What was the cause of the Great Western Transformation? How did
Mythos fall to Logos? What are some of the things we lost? What have we
gained? What are the consequences of living the way we do now?
- What does Armstrong say is the role of the artist/writer in relation to
mythology? Why might creating art be necessary for cultivating
compassion? We find ourselves in the most extraordinary of times. If you
were to create a myth for today, a sacred story, what would it be?
Requirements: 8 to 10 sentences per question.
Word Count: 8 to 10 sentences per answer.Karen-Armstrong.-1