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Introduction to mythology and folklore

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What purposes did myths serve to ancient peoples?
Myths were a way for ancient people to answer questions about the unknown factors of their environment or life.
How do creation myths differ from nature myths?
Creation myths seek to explain how the world came to be. They often involve gods and animals. Nature myths seek
to answer questions about our environment and/or the universe.
What types of works make up the literary genre of folklore?
Legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales.
What are the characteristics of fables?
The main characters are typically animals with human characteristics such as talking.
How are folktales and fairy tales related?
Fairy tales are a type of folktale but not the same thing. Fairy tails almost always have a happy ending and are
typically for younger children.
Critical Thinking Questions
Early in this unit, you read the story of Daedalus and Icarus. There are at least two lessons to be learned from
this myth. What might those be?
The lessons that should be learned from this story is to be overcome with jealousy and to listen to the people who
know better.
Which do you believe is more meaningful reading, mythology or folklore? Why do you think this is so?
I believe that folklore is more meaningful because it often speaks on topics that many people face inn their lives.
We look to the past for stories of legendary figures. Future readers will one day be looking to our time for
legendary figures as well. Who are some current-day figures who might be considered legendary figures in the
future? What characteristics make them befitting of a legend?
I think that Princess Diana could be considered a legendary figure. In her lifetime, she went against the royal norms
and fought for equality despite her loveless marriage. She broke so many culture norms and opened up

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Review Questions What purposes did myths serve to ancient peoples? Myths were a way for ancient people to answer questions about the unknown factors of their environment or life. How do creation myths differ from nature myths? Creation myths seek to explain how the world came to be. They often involve gods and animals. Nature myths seek to answer questions about our environment and/or the universe. What types of works make up the literary genre of folklore? Legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. What are the characteristics of fables? The main characters are typically animals with huma ...
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