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Default What is the real meaning of the existence of Mythology?

Mythology, as you might know, has the origin of ancient times in history. All ancient civilizations had something or someone who sought to explain what was happening in the world,in other words, around those civilizations.
But the fact that puzzles me is that, as people from distant origins had beliefs and legends similar. How could they have similar thoughts without even knowing each other?

And for you, what would be the true sense of the real existence of mythology in ancient times and today? And someone would have some idea or explanation, for the fact as the mythologies could be so similar even though they are of different origins ?
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Mythology, as you might know, has the origin of ancient times in history. All ancient civilizations had something or someone who sought to explain what was happening in the world,in other words, around those civilizations. But the fact that puzzles me is that, as people from distant origins had beliefs and legends similar. How could they have similar thoughts without even knowing each other?
Well the simplest explanation is that the different beliefs around the world all reflected actual reality, so that theyre relevant to the things people encountered everywhere

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And for you, what would be the true sense of the real existence of mythology in ancient times and today? And someone would have some idea or explanation, for the fact as the mythologies could be so similar even though they are of different origins ?
Well its partly for the reason Ive just given, and partly because of common cultural origins. So that places like Australia and especially Africa south of the Sahara lack certain myths which are fairly universal elsewhere in the world which have the shared myths of Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Native American peoples
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Default Re: What is the real meaning of the existence of Mythology?

I think that its pretty simple why they are so similiar.Namely because they stem from the same roots.
Most prominent and popular ones are ancient Greek,roman,norse mythologies namely because they encouraged literature during that age.These civilizations are huge...spanning the entire european continent.They covered most of the known world at that time.Thats how their religion spread and they had their own intrepretations.
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Most prominent and popular ones are ancient Greek,roman,norse mythologies namely because they encouraged literature during that age.
Its true that cultural diffusion plays a big role in history and that some cultures take in more foreign influences than they give to outside, but this cant explain similarities between very distant cultures
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Default Re: What is the real meaning of the existence of Mythology?

It cant?What do you mean?The earliest human "religion" is animalism.Of course they would have similiarities because they are only so many animals you can emulate.Natives,aborigines from australia and the native americans pray to gods that resemble animals.They are from different sides of the world.

The egyptians and mesopatians gods also resemble animals...those beliefs spread.Romans and greeks followed up after but decided man were better role models for themselves.The base of the belief are differently intrepretated but they stem from the same roots.
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I misunderstood you as sayng that all similarities between religions in different cultures is because of the influence of a few powerful cultures like the Greeks and Romans or the Vikings standardising world religions
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Default Re: What is the real meaning of the existence of Mythology?

Ah i see...i should have phrased it better then.

What i mean to say was that these myths all originated from early man animalism.Some guy or shaman probably made up a couple of legends on how an eagle pulled the sun each day all over earth...then the Mesopotamian came up with Shamash,the sun God...who was always iconized by a eagle emblem which gave rise to the Zoroastrian Faravahar symbol which also contains an eagle and the egyptian Sun god Ra whose son was an eagle..then it spread further into Greek mythology where Helios the sun god was symbolized by a eagle and a cock.The story of that said eagle stayed true in all those myths.
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Well I think thats a litle bit oversimplified Tupac but the principle youre explaining is correct. The eagle is actually a symbol of many weather deities across the world, like the Native American thunderbirds, more than being associated with the Sun
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Yes it is a bit oversimplified but you get my point.What i was pointing out there was how the eagle "pulled" the sun over the earth and in all those deities...the sun was "pulled" somehow either by Chariot or whatnot in those myths and how the eagle seem to be implicated one way or the other.The base of the myths are there.

The origins are the same...those from continents seperated by oceans like the americas and australia are probably the only ones who stayed true to the base of the myths.The other civilizations just came out with their own versions of the story.back in those days,there was no writings or books...its was all passed down from word of mouth until the Greeks and romans popularized literature.
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" I think that its pretty simple why they are so similiar.Namely because they stem from the same roots.
Most prominent and popular ones are ancient Greek,roman,norse mythologies namely because they encouraged literature during that age.These civilizations are huge...spanning the entire european continent.They covered most of the known world at that time.Thats how their religion spread and they had their own intrepretations."
Well, if these civilizations are the same mythological roots, so what is the myth that gave rise to others? The Egyptians . . . . maybe???
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