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1boniface Primer missatge
feb. 11, 2007, 1:01pm

When we read one of the ancient Pagan myths, do we read it as just a good story, or do we look for the religious implications of the actions in the story? What should we be looking for, as modern Pagans? Our theology, ethics, morality? What do the characters in the myth tell us about our own lives and how to live them?

What books and/or websites discuss the old myths in this context?

2Sile
Editat: maig 3, 2007, 6:32pm

To answer the second part of your question, first:

http://www.brython.uwclub.net/Brython/index.htm - looks at the mythology of the British Isles

as does http://www.caerfeddwyd.co.uk/

I have yet to find a book, however, that explains what to look for, other than a small self-published work on the Imrammic Meditations and incorporating the text from the Imramma Bran.

What do I look for when reading the mythology? Important life lessons, the characters of the gods, indications of how I should behave.

3Magelet33
gen. 31, 2008, 12:03am

well, I'm only just starting to read it, but I think the twelve wild swans by starhawk is prettymuch that sort of thing, except with a fairytale, not a myth.

4harmonyfb
feb. 24, 2011, 10:05am

>When we read one of the ancient Pagan myths, >do we read it as just a good story, or do we look >for the religious implications of the actions in the >story?

Of course I look for religious implications in the story. Such works not only touch on the nature of the Gods, but humanity's relationship to them (it can enlighten us about how our ancestors approached religion, and give us an opportunity to connect with the divine in a new way.)

When I read about Theseus' founding of the worship of Aphrodite-Peitho (Aphrodite and Persuasion) soon after founding Athens, I can see not only piety, but how action translated itself to worship (Theseus had to convince many leaders to found the city, ergo he had a temple erected to Aphrodite Who Persuades.) When I read about the infant Hermes stealing cattle and then gaining Apollo's favor through the musical instrument he made, I understand something of art's relation to commerce, and how the cleverness of the gods can bring beauty from unexpected places.

Whether or not such stories were true in the mortal, historical sense, they still contain truths about Gods and humans, and so can nourish our spirits.

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