Academic Papers on World Mythology

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8 pages in length. An analytical discussion of Loki -- a giant in Norse Mythology who became a member of the Aesir family when the chief God Odin made him his blood brother. Loki is regarded by the writer -- among other things -- as an instigator of conflicts, and a worthwhile provider. Bibliography lists ...

An 8 page research paper exploring the different gods identified as being the creator or as the supreme god in African mythology as compared and contrasted to the Greek god Zeus. The genealogy of Zeus is described along with his powers and place in mythology. Each tribe or ethnic region in Africa had their own ...

A 10 page orientation to ancient mythology and a comparison of Sumarian and Classic Mythology. Bibliography lists nine sources.

6 pages in length. The treatment of women in Indian mythology compared with that of Greek and Roman mythology proves to be not all that different from one another. Women, in general mythological terms, are primarily in existence to act as man's servant, both menially and sexually. To go so far as ...

Native Indian Mythology

  • 11 page paper

11 pages in length. A comprehensive overview of themes in Native Indian mythology. Examined are various mythological objects, the value of dreams, and more. It is emphasized that different tribes each had their own brand of myth -- Analyzed in specific detail are the myths of the Aztecs who, in their stories, formulated an entire ...

This 6 page paper examines the comic book genre to determine if contemporary comic books are representative of modern mythology or are merely pure escapism. Bibliography includes 6 sources.

The Greek God Apollo

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper that explores the legends surrounding the Greek god Apollo and discusses the religious rituals practiced in his worship. The nature of the symbols of the bow, the laurel, and the lyre that are traditionally associated with Apollo are explained. Apollo's early use of music therapy is also explored. ...

Trickster Myths

  • 6 page paper

In 6 pages, the writer discusses examples of Trickster myths from two different cultures and demonstrates their distinguishing factors, as well as what they each have in common. They are the closest to the arche, or the beginning of the world of human consciousness. This is a time of ambiguity and ambivalence, when chaos ...

An 8 page paper discussing the narrative style of myths in different cultures. There are differing views among scholars and anthropologists concerning the structure of myths. The writer explores these disparities in great detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 4 page paper discussing the existence of the mythopoetic mind as defined by Mircea Eliade. To Eliade, all mythology was created as a bridge from the human to the divine. Mythology, in his belief, was sacred history, and no matter what the culture, myths provided answers to the deep philosophical questions of who we ...

In this excellently-prepared 7 page essay, the writer argues that motifs in modern stories such as Superman are actually derived from those of ancient mythology. Comparisons are made between Superman's weakness for Krypton and Achilles' heel... -or--the Norse god Balder,-- who was immune to everything except mistletoe. Moreover, just as Theseus had Ariadne, Superman ...

8 pages in length. An insightful look at Mystery Cults-- groups that pre-date Christianity and yet who believed in the 'mysteriousness' of God -- found later on in sections of The Bible (it is noted that God speaks extensively early on in Genesis and then less and less as 'mysteriousness' becomes important). The history & ...

A 5 page paper discussing 'The Mythic Image' by Joseph Campbell. The author uses many types of art to illustrate many differences, but mostly similarities, in the ways of myth. He addresses issues of religion, enlightenment, and dreaming among others. His work is highly detailed and intriguing.

A 5 page research paper that examines mythology as interpreted by historian Joseph Campbell. According to Campbell, mythology represents ancient intuitive understanding of certain archetypal or "elementary ideas" that still speak to the human condition even in modern times. The writer demonstrates how this fits in with the ideas of Carl Jung and Adolf Bastian. ...

This 3 page essay discusses the validity of Jung's belief that mental or emotional disturbances are attempts to find wholeness. The writer notes that such a theory can be applied beyond the individual and to American society in general. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ideas of these two theorists about the function and importance of ritual. Joseph Campbell was a well-known writer in the areas of mythology and ritual, and frequently drew analogies between established religious practices and long-forerunning mythological beliefs. He maintained that ritual was an important part ...

A short, 2 page look at an old tale dating back to the 18th century which maintains that a devilish, crazed murderer lurks in the rural sections of NJ's pine barren region-- waiting for his prey. In brief, this essay examines explanations for the story-- arguing that the entire concept of such a murderous creature ...

The Function of Myth

  • 7 page paper

This 7 page paper discusses the role of myth within a good story: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Aurel. The importance of archetypal image is discussed, as well as the perception that writing is the key to human consciousness as shown in Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy: ...

6 pages in length. The writer discusses the mythical element of the movie "What Dreams May Come," as well as associates such with Freud and ancient mythology. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

This 5 page report discusses the idea that humanity has advanced over the past 500 years, if one considers the issue purely from the point of technological advancement. However, knowledge can and should be seen as a constant balancing act between creative and a ruinous processes. Perhaps humanity has not developed in a way that is ultimately beneficial. The thesis ...

(5pp) Sherri Tepper's cast of both ordinary and extraordinary people play out in her powerful 1988 novel, whose significance goes beyond sex, to deal with the toughest problem of all, the challenge of surmounting humanity's most dangerous flaws so we can survive together - despite ourselves. despite ourselves.

This 5 page report discusses and compares the similarities and differences between historical and literary heroes such as King Arthur and heroes such as Aeneas, Hector, and Achilles. The heroic tradition implies a pattern of story telling that begins with a hero in unusual circumstances, the search or quest, the transformation of the hero and a resolution. Bibliography lists 4 sources. ...

Scandinavian Pantheon

  • 8 page paper

This 8 page paper explores the role of female deities within the Nordic Pantheon and relates that to modern Scandinavian society. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 15 page paper explores the ancient Egyptian religious beliefs in terms of how it relates to nature and natural forces. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

(6 pp) Anzia Yezierska's novel Bread Givers(1975) is an extensive observation of relationships in an immigrant family of early 20th century America. All the characters fight their own battles to find in their place between the New Worlds struggles, and the Old World's history. The clash is epitomized in the ...

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