I love watching the movie “The Clash of The Titans”; both the 1981 version and the 2010 version. There’s action and adventure and overall, a pretty good story. Now that I am a storyteller, I understand that story is called a myth. I also better understand that there are myths told about cultures around the world. What makes something a myth, as opposed to any of the other stories I have talked about so far?
The definition as I understand it
One definition that is as follows: Myths are made up to try to explain why things are as they are in nature, customs, and institutions. Many myths were once sacred or religious stories to the people who told them. (taken from a training manual provided by Robin Schulte). If you take a look at the videos that I have provided below in the reference section, you will also see references to there being a god character in the myth as well.
A new question that popped up
In doing reading and listening I had a thought: If myths are stories about gods from religions that aren’t true, at what point will the religions of today become myths? Think about it, the things talked about in the movie Clash of the Titans involve gods, talking creatures, miracles, sacred places, a human champion, and more. As a Christian, I have to be honest, that’s a lot of the bible stories I know. One of the stories genre’s on my listing is religious or scared stories. It makes sense to me to ask the question when will today’s religious stories become myths? I’m not sure what the tipping point is, but I do see one particular element that is needed: perspective.
As storytellers, how we deliver a story can have an impact on the perspective of the listener. It can also have an impact on what is seen as truth and fiction. Storytelling is a very influential tool. It’s important that whatever we understand our role in what is myth, and what is a scared religious story. Even more of a reason to be sure to tell a story on purpose.
Crash course Mythology
What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1
What is Myth
The Difference between Myths and Legends