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Interpretation Analysis of Feminine Divine Myths

Interpretation Analysis of Feminine Divine Myths Directions Read the following myths in your textbook, Myth and Knowing, and in the provided linked document (The Homeric Myth to Demeter). The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi—Sumerian (pages 137-144 in you textbook) Kali Beheaded—Hindu (pages 154-161 in your textbook) (NOTE: This piece is not a myth but a modern writer’s rendition of Kali, the goddess.) The Homeric Myth to Demeter-https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/demeter.htm Devi, The Great Goddess Part 1 Interpret at least ONE of the above assigned myths. Here is a process you can follow in order to do an effective interpretation: Do a close reading of the myth Annotate the myth even as you read, noting the elements (the symbols, the juxtapositions, the events, etc.) Understand the larger purpose of the myth. For example, is the myth about a sociological function; is the myth paradigmatic for behaviors; is the myth about the relationship between man and divine? Most myths address all of these levels, but most myths will also have one overarching function or purpose. Once you have understood the larger purpose, examine its various elements from that perspective. For example, examine what symbols it uses and why. What paradigmatic behaviors do its characters portray and why? Etc. NOTE: You must necessarily see these elements in relation to each myth’s respective culture and explore how and why the elements of the myth are significant to that society and to the people of that society. To develop your responses, also consider: The introduction to each myth in your textbook The symbology of the myths The relationship of the myths to the mythology of goddesses as discussed in feminine divine chapter of your textbook The layers of the myth onion Documents on how to interpret myth (Module 5) Consider the following questions and suggestions to focus your interpretation: Aside from being an allegory of sexual and romantic love, what does Inanna and Dumuzi’s relationship symbolize? How do both representations of Kali in Kali Beheaded and in “Devi, Great Goddess” embody death, destruction, and liberation? In the Kali myths (attachment below), what makes Kali greater than the gods, and what can this tell us about a possible connection to the Great Goddess theories? What sociological messages can be gleaned from the Myth of Demeter? Your responses should be: approximately 500-700 words supported with good examples from the myths supported with critical analysis of symbols represented in the myths supported with critical thought about what the elements of the myth tell us about the culture cited accurately according to MLA Additional Info The two PDFs are from the textbook “Myth and Knowing” and primary sourcing should be drawn from this. (MLA citation below) Leonard, Scott, and Michael McClure. Myth and Knowing: An Introduction to World Mythology. 1st ed., McGraw Hill, 2003.

Is the myth paradigmatic for behaviors; is the myth about the relationship between man and divine?

Directions Read the following male divine myths in your textbook, Myth and Knowing: Bhagawad Gita—Hindu (208) Thor’s Duel with Hrungnir—Norse (232) Prometheus, from Hesiod’s Theogony—Greek (301) Enki and Ninhursanga—Sumerian (220) Part 1 Interpret at least ONE of the above assigned myths. Here is a process you can follow in order to do an effective interpretation: Do a close reading of the myth. Annotate the myth even as you read, noting the elements (the symbols, the juxtapositions, the events, etc.). Understand the larger purpose of the myth. For example, is the myth about a sociological function; is the myth paradigmatic for behaviors; is the myth about the relationship between man and divine? NOTE: Most myths address all of these levels, but most myths will also have one function or purpose that over-arches. Once you have understood the larger purpose, examine its various elements from that perspective. For example, examine what symbols it uses and why. What paradigmatic behaviors do its characters portray and why? Etc. NOTE: You must necessarily see these elements in relation to each myth’s respective culture and explore how and why the elements of the myth are significant to that society and to the people of that society. To develop your responses, also consider: The introduction to each myth in your textbook The symbology of the myths The relationship of the myths to the mythology of the male divine in the male divine chapter of your textbook The layers of the myth onion Documents on how to interpret myth (Module 5) Consider the following questions and suggestions to focus your interpretation: The divine Word in Sumerian culture was Me (pronounced ‘may’), and it was believed that Enki’s Me evoked civilization. This myth about Enki and Ninhursanga appears to be about the relationship of the male and female divines and cosmology. The Norse myth of Thor’s duel with Hrungir appears to be about father-son relationships and honor. In Hesiod’s myth of Prometheus, how does Prometheus cause a rift between man and divine? Does this rift empower man or reduce him? Your responses should be: approximately 500-700 words supported with good examples from the myths supported with critical analysis of symbols represented in the myths supported with critical thought about what the elements of the myth tell us about the culture cited accurately according to MLA NOTE-All of these readings are from the book “Myth and Knowing” and this should be used as the primary source. (The MLA citation is below) Leonard, Scott, and Michael McClure. Myth and Knowing: An Introduction to World Mythology. 1st ed., McGraw Hill, 2003.

Interpretative Analysis of Creation

Interpretative Analysis of Creation Myths Directions Part 1 Interpret at least ONE of the above assigned myth. Interpretation of a myth requires examination of the myth from various levels and perspectives. In addition to seeing the myth’s themes through the analogy of the myth onion, you must also do a close reading of the myth followed by a close (symbol by symbol) interpretation of it. Then you must connect the meanings you have derived to a larger question and to its significance in its culture of origin. Here is a process you can follow in order to do an effective interpretation: • o Do a close reading of the myth. o Annotate the myth even as you read, noting the elements (the symbols, the juxtapositions, the events, etc.). o Understand what the larger purpose of the myth is. For example, is the myth about a sociological function; is the myth paradigmatic for behaviors; is the myth about the relationship between man and divine? NOTE: Most myths address all of these levels, but most myths will also have one function or purpose that over-arches. o Once you have understood the larger purpose, examine its various elements from that perspective. For example, examine what symbols it uses and why. What paradigmatic behaviors do its characters portray and why? Etc. o NOTE: You must necessarily see these elements in relation to each myth’s respective culture and explore how and why the elements of the myth are significant to that society and to the people of that society. To develop your responses, also consider: • o The materials you read for the myth interpretation quiz o The introduction to each myth in your textbook o The symbology of the myths o The relationship of the myths to the mythology of creations as discussed in Chapter 2 (Creation Myths) of your textbook o The layers of the myth onion o The sample interpretation of Ganga (Module 5) Consider the following tips and suggestions to focus your interpretation: 1. In the Norse myth of creation, consider the opposites that are juxtaposed and examine why this is so. (For example. fire and ice, light and darkness, evil and good, creation and void, etc.). Perhaps the function of this myth is portray man’s relationship with the divine elements of nature and its polarities. 2. Violence seems to be an integral part of the Greek myth of creation. Why do you think this is so? Perhaps the function of this myth is to establish the necessity of violence in a warrior society and to show the difference between good violence and bad violence. 3. The Sumerian myth of creation seems to be about fertility and abundance. How does man fit into this design? The function of this myth appears to be to establish nature’s relationship with man and show him that nature is giving. 4. In the Hindu myth of creation, Narayan the Supreme Being, appears to be the Creator, Creation, and Created? This myth’s function is perhaps to show man the nature of transcendence. Your responses should be: • approximately 500-700 words • supported with good examples from the myths • supported with critical analysis of symbols represented in the myths • supported with critical thought about what the elements of the myth tell us about the culture • cited accurately according to MLA • When you post your response in Discussions, please state which myth you are analyzing at the top of your post. (For example: Analysis of the Greek Creation Myth.) This will allow your peers to immediately see which myth’s analysis they are reading when they post peer comments. Note: Use the excerpt of the textbook I provided as the PRIMARY Source that is being cited.

Do you relate to any of the suggested aspects of the divine?

The Divine and You: A Discussion Purpose A very important aspect of myth is its relationship to man. In fact, myth is alive because it evolves with how each individual relates to it in every time and circumstance. Therefore, by analyzing your relationship to the element of the divine in myth, you will understand myth’s key purpose. Directions Read all the documents above in the “Relationship between Man & Divine” Readings. Also, make sure you read the attachment, Man and Divine-a critical look, to gain a better understanding of how to respond to this question. PART 1 1. 0. Respond to the following question in two or three well-developed, critically analyzed paragraphs (400-500 words). Question Do you relate to any of the suggested aspects of the divine? If so, how and why? If you don’t relate to any of them, analyze why not. Connect your critical analysis to modern perspectives of the man-divine relationship. You must also use your own example. • o Please make sure you support all your claims with clear, well reasoned, analytical arguments. I am interested in your thought process (how you arrive at assumptions). Please know that I will not grade a response that only contains a few sentences. o Also remember to use accurate citations.

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