Greek Mythology: The Ancient Greek Religion

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Originally, Greek Mythology was a part of the Ancient Greece religion, a set of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes and rituals. Greek Mythology consists of the twelve Olympians who were the major deities comprising of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes and either Hestia or Dionysus (Greekmythologytoday.com, 2017). They came into power by dethroning the Titans who were the children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth). During the era of the Olympians, other nymphs and deities were also in existence such as Heracles and Theseus as well as many others representing all aspects of life. This presents the idea of Greek Mythology primarily being used to teach moral lessons and provide …show more content…
Accordingly, Greek Mythology created reasons for why natural disasters occurred and other unfortunate events (The Value, 2017). However, it is now commonly used as a source of entertainment. The two original functions of Greek Mythology were to answer questions and justify existing social systems but also to support traditional aspects that were carried out during the time of its creation (History.com, 2017). There is no single text sacred to Greek Mythology as seen in the Christian faith in regards to the Bible. However, the poet Hesiod’s Theogony, 700 BC, was the first written cosmogony of Greek Mythology. Greek Mythology has significantly impacted and shaped society to the extent in which it has contributed to large portions of how individuals think, feel, believe and behave through the contribution of creative, inventive and imaginative life prospects (Greek-gods.org, 2017). Consequently, factors revolving around lifestyles such as the formation of democracy which suggested a new way in which countries can function, science which also birthed numerous monumental advancements, architecture mainly focusing on the creation of pillars which are commonly seen in grand buildings and churches, myths which are represented in modern films with a slight twist, and even in the international sporting event the Olympics which originated in …show more content…
Myths have been replicated in various sources of entertainment and intricate sources for their rich source of storytelling (Greek-gods.org, 2017). However, the stories and recounts have been altered to the extent where the original meaning is lost where it is more romanticised with a distorted betrayal of legends in order to satisfy consumer desires. This is seen in the films Stargate, The Mummy and Aladdin which are based on Myths however their true meaning is lost and so is the connection to the origin of the stories. Through the creation of new technologies, Greek Mythology continues to further promote this set of stories and beliefs to the extent that globally, they are well known (YouTube, 2017). The inclusion of the past being incorporated into the present is broadening people’s perspectives and providing a variety of information, knowledge and way of living to people living across the globe. The global society as a whole has greatly benefited from the contribution of Greek culture and the diversity it has provided through religious and cultural aspects such as beliefs systems and social structures that are relevant in this day and age, as well as, the contribution to the contemporary English language (History.com,

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