civilizations offer a rich history of ideas through their beliefs and
mythologies. Exploring ancient myths offers a fascinating pastime and
also provides an enjoyable learning exercise.
Campbell helped to popularize ancient mythologies and show how they
relate to the civilizations in which they originate and how the stories
have been passed on between generations and cultures. It has also been
shown how myths and legends can lead to other ideas and phenomena. Many
of the stories found within ancient mythologies are the source of plot
ideas for current novels and movies. They are also the source for many
popular paranormal claims still existing today.
a myth to explore.
can be a written assignment, a poster presentation, an oral presentation
or a combination.
How many versions of the myth can be found? (Document sources.)
What differences, if any, are there between the versions?
Where did the myth originate (or where is it thought that the myth originated)?
Trace the evolution of the myth through history. What parts, if any,
have changed and why do you suppose those parts changed?
Is there any evidence that the myth, or parts of it, had an origin in
Does the myth have any similarity with other myths? If so, explain those
Why do you think the myth originated? What characteristics of the people
and environment may have contributed to the creation of the myth?
What, if any, purpose did the myth serve for the society in which it
originated or was promoted?
Is there a moral or lesson to be learned from the myth? If so, what
Is the myth still alive today? If so, where and among what peoples?
How is it being used now? If the myth is no longer alive, why do you
think it died out?
Does the myth contain any elements that remind you of modern-day beliefs
and paranormal claims? If so, what are they.
Has the myth been presented through fictional accounts - books, movies,
television programs, etc.? Describe several examples.
Compare questions 11 & 12 and suggest why the myth, or parts of
it, are presented as both nonfiction and fiction and what is the difference
between the two. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
Describe the parts of the myth that are possible and impossible based
on our understanding of science and reality and explain why.
Based on your research above, present an essay, a poster presentation
and/or an oral presentation that provides a summary of your research.
As an introduction to the above assignment, write a 1000-2000 word summary
of the most popular version of the myth. Reference all sections that
are discussed in the research paper by using footnotes or end notes.
Include a bibliography for all resources you used to conduct your research.