Project #45430 - mythology questions

Part 1

Sacred Places, Myth & Knowing, Chapter 6 reading, all material is attached

 In this chapter, Leonard & McClure show us ways in which real places in the world can be deemed sacred.  The term sacred carries many meanings, and often we think of something specifically connected to religious beliefs.  In this way, we think of places like churches, synagogues, and mosques as sacred.  However, the term sacred can also be applied to sites that are not connected with a particular religion, but may be connected with a particular group's identity and cultural heritage.  To illustrate this point, Leonard & McClure site the categories of Vine Deloria and Andrew Gulliford who attempted to define sacred places based on divine and human agencies.

After reviewing these categories, choose one complete myth from this chapter.  How does the location in the myth function as a sacred place?

 

Part 2 – Reading material attached

Read "The Theft of Thor's Hammer" in the "Northern Europe" chapter of World Mythology

This is an interesting story because it combines humor, violence, along with respect for a sacred object, Mjollnir.  It also shows Loki in a more favorable light than we have seen up to this point. 

Mjollnir is a sacred object because of its incredible power and its connection to Thor.  It was so important to Thor that he was willing to humiliate himself by disguising himself as a woman to get it back.  The importance is magnified by Thor's behavior after he gets Mjollnir back.  He doesn't just punish Thrym for stealing it, he kills him and all the Frost Giants who were attending Thrym's wedding feast.  

People have often prized sacred objects and sacred places.  When discussing the latter, Leonard & McClure explain that sacred places give us a way to connect with the supernatural realm or they act as a focal point of cultural identity.  The same is true for sacred objects.  Think of an object that you would consider sacred.  Based on its original purpose/use, why did it cease being a secular object and instead become a sacred item to a specific culture?

 

Part 3 – reading material attached

Read the "Historical Background" section ofThe Iliad in the "Greece and Rome" chapter of World Mythology

Write a 300 word summary

 

Part 4 – reading material attached

Read "Gassiere's Lute" in the "Africa" chapter of World Mythology

Write a 300 word summary

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