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Anthropomorphic
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human
Apotropaic
Intended to ward off evil
Autochthonous
Indigenous; native to a particular place
Cosmogony
story of the genesis and development of the universe or solar system
Cosmology
Similar to cosmogony but with less emphasis on creation or origins and more on the study of how the universe works now
Chthonic
Deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
Ennead
A group of nine persons
Eponymous
Giving one’s name to a tribe, place, etc
Etiology
The study of causes, causations, or reasons for being
Etymology
The study of words origins and derivation.
Metaphor
A word or phrase is taken out of its normal context and placed within the
parameters of another context
Symbolism
A concrete object is taken and used as something different.
Monotheism
The belief in one god
Henotheism
belief in one god without denying the existence of other gods
Atheism
The belief in no god
Polytheism
The belief in multiple gods
Myth
Traditional stories a society tells itself that encode or represent the world-view, beliefs, principles, and often fears of that society.
Legend
traditional stories rooted in historical fact
Folktale
stories that are primarily entertaining that often involve clever animals with human-like characteristics
Mythology
The study of myths
Personification
An inanimate object takes on the qualities and characteristics of a human being.
Syncretism
a blending of religions to create a new religion
Theogony
An account of the origins of the gods.
Theophany
An appearance of a god man (usually in non-anthropomorphic form)
Therianthropic
Being partly bestial and partly human in form
Theriomorphic
In form of a beast
Wordplay
Pun, assonance, onomatopoeia, alliteration, etc found in myths (sometimes lost in the translation to English)
Bildungsruman
Story where the main character matures.
Entwicklungsruman
Story where main character matures and is aware of it
Shoudin Freud
Laughter at someone else’s expensive
Peripeteia
Best describes character’s unexpected turn of events.
Pyrrhic Victory
Victory at great cost
Kenning
hints at setting
Social Context
reflects how the people around something use and interpret it.
Social Text
is a postmodernist cultural studies journal published by Duke University Press.
Accertion (or Conjunction)
Elements mix together and form earth
Secretion
Creation based on bodily fluids
Sacrifice Stories
Death of deity creates a new world
Division (or Consumation)
Egg appears giving birth to god
Earth-Diver
Earth is nothing but water then life/land is created
Emergence
World created thru progressions of previous population
2 Creaters
Create world thru compassion or coopertaion
Deus Faber (God Maker)
God progressively creates human/life/etc.
Oral
Spoken
Material
Décor, Jewelry, etc.
Behavioral/Cogitative
Rituals, etc.
Female
Being the sex that bears young and produces eggs
Feminine
characteristics of or appropriate or unique to women
Essentialism
an educational theory that ideas and skills basic to a culture should be taught to all alike by time-tested methods.
Sexism
prejudice or discrimination based on sex
Patriarchy
control by men of a disproportionately large share of power
Feminism 1
The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
Feminism
Organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interest.
Thomas
coined the term Folklore
Sir James
Wrote Golden Book
Freud
The same myths are present in different culture. Everything is primarily sexual
Jung
Archetypes are in every culture’s mythology. The unconscious is divided by the unconscious of the individual and human race. The latter creates archetypes
Vladimir
Baskin Robin’s 31 flavors.
Strauss
driving force behind all myths is mediation between opposites. Individuals stories mean nothing but collectively they mean everything. Myths can be broken down in to mythemes.
Campbell
All myths are versions of the monomyth, which ultimately contains the one universal truth.
Burkert
Myth have roots in biological changes. Studies rituals associated with biological rites of passage.
Rank
Myths dealt with birth canal and coming to term with imperfect parents