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Oct. 13th, 2004

Okay all you higher edjumacated peeple out thair. Care to enlighten an I.Q.ally challenged person?

Partial conversation overheard on transit this a.m.:

"blah, blah, blah . . . contemporary mythology . . . blah, blah, blah."

How do "contemporary" and "mythology" work together?


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Oct. 13th, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
I imagine they're talking about myths in general. And myths appear at all times. Particularly these days, with the internet, rumours and theories spread like wildfire and are believed by many. I read an article, a while back, about all the myths concerning 9/11; people seen, events taken place, that many, many people believed in. That is what I'd call contemporary mythology.

Does that fit with what you heard?
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
To be honest, I'm not sure what the guy was talking about, I wasn't really listening to him droning on behind me while I was sitting in my little transit bubble - those words just seeped into my daydreaming brain.
Of course I fixated on Mythology = Greeks and Romans and long dead Celts. Maybe if he'd used 'myth and/or legend' I wouldn't have leapt. :o) [told you I was challenged]

Of course what you say makes perfect sense. Thanks.
Oct. 13th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
My understand falls towards current stories/myths. That can be taken either as Star Wars, HP, etc. or UFOs, Aliens, etc.
On one hand, we know Star Wars and HP are fake, but people use these stories to shape their own lives and behaviour. Star Wars is actually quite like many myths found in ancient times (look into Joseph Campbell for interesting ideas on myths).
On the other hand, contemporary mythology can mean things people believe in now that are not taken for fact. Like UFOs that some people spend their whole life trying to understand and follow but the majority tends to look the other way.
Personally, I lean toward the first definition, but it would depend on the context used.
I hope that made a bit of sense. I'm at work so my mind is somewhere else right now. If you have any more questions, just ask. :)
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
Stories/Myths/Legends is what I see as 'contemporary'.

I know it's stupid of me but 'Mythology' makes me think of, well, ancient-er things than the more 'contemporary' stories and myths from recent times.

It just seemed like an odd pairing.

Your definition is very sound. Thanks.
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
In my own little non-church-attending family, we like to include christianity in the definition of 'contemporary mythology' (since in several thousand years from now, just as we look back upon the Roman, Egyptian, & etc religions as mythology, the same will likely be said about christianity, judiasm and etc). But I also firmly agree with what they ::points upward:: said.
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
we like to include christianity in the definition of 'contemporary mythology'

Oh that's very interesting. I've never looked at modern 'organized religion' that way. But of course you're right. Why wouldn't they be looked at as mythology centuries from now. Interesting...

Thanks for that view.
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