the Muse of
Mythology Welcomes You
In these pages The Muse of Mythology delves into myths and mythic mysteries. The
Muse also examines fairy tales, legends, fables, and other fanciful genres.
At the right, the Gorgon Medusa, whose head was severed by the Greek
demigod Perseus. According to this myth, the severed head had the
power of turning into stone all who looked upon it.
what Are myth and mythology?
Myth and mythology are often-misunderstood terms.
Strictly speaking, a myth is a traditional or legendary story, often ancient, usually
concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis
of fact or a natural explanation. A myth is often concerned with
deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of
A mythology is a body, collection, or group of myths belonging to
a people. The myths in a group usually have something in common. A mythology
a people's origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes. It may be about
a particular person or a collection of gods or other creatures. Three examples: the
body of myths surrounding Hercules; Greek mythology; Roman mythology. The term mythology also describes the science or study of myths.
In this feature, The Muse explores these two subjects: myth and mythology.
A myth is the creature of the society that spawns it. The story it tells
can have one or more objectives. A myth can:
- Help explain nature.
- Help make sense of a confusing world.
- Teach lessons about how to live in the society that spawned it.
- Convey the values, beliefs, and history of a society.
close, but no cigar—What isn't
At the left, Spiderman caught in a spider web, from the comic book
stories about the fictional character, Spiderman.
Is a Spiderman movie or comic book a myth, legend, fantasy, or fairy
tale? Is it fiction or fable? Find out at The Muse's page titled Myth And
Find out more about the true nature of myth at the feature titled
Understanding Myth And Mythology: click here.
the importance and value of myth
Myths and mythology are often underrated by scoffers, yet mythology plays
a vital role in the affairs of man today, as it has done since the dawn of
time. Why are myths undervalued today? Should they be?
understanding Myth and mythology
fairly recently, trying to understand the truth behind myth
has felt something like being caught in a web—most
of us can't figure out why we're there and yet we can't let go of the subject.
Luckily, late last century there occurred a revolution in mankind's understanding
and appreciation of the subject that's changed all that.
Now, at last, we have some answers. The Muse Of Mythology invites you to explore this
important development and share in what these discoveries have taught us. In
a way, this experience is a little like discovering what it means to be
At The Muse Of Mythology's page called Welcome To Understanding
Myth and Mythology, you can find out what myth is all about, find what
myth really means and what it's telling us.
Comparative mythology is the field of study that seeks to derive general
principles from a comparison and classification of disparate mythologies by
examining their content, growth, influence, and
Here are a few sidelights from the field of comparative mythology. Did
The muses—one of our favorite topics—and other
fabulous creatures are mythological creatures, beings right out of
the field of comparative mythology?
In the feature called Comparative Mythology, The Muse Of Mythology delves into
such subjects as the nature of muses and nymphs. The Muse explores topics
- What exactly is a muse, anyway?
- And what's a nymph and how does a nymph differ from a muse? The
contrast is illuminating:
- Did you know that Electricka is a muse? Get to know her. Listen
while Electricka about herself and muses in her own words: Visit the page
called Meet Electricka:
- Why are museums shrines? Where does the word museum come from? Why do
museums belong to the muses? Hear Electricka tell about all this in her
own words: click here.
The Muse Of Mythology invites you to join in an exploration of this intriguing, rich,
and immensely rewarding field. Dare to tread where strange and exotic gods and goddesses lurk. Visit
familiar and unfamiliar lands, myths, fairy tales, legends, and fables.
- Visit The Muse Of
Mythology pages on comparative mythology:
tops & flops
At the Electricka's feature called Tops & Flops In The Arts,
see lists of mythology favorites and lists of other top-10s that have been submitted
by visitors to Electricka's web site, including lists of their
favorite writers and works of literature. There, visitors can also submit their own
lists of favorites for other visitors to see at Electricka's web site.
- Explore mythologies, myths, and prominent mythical personalities; get ideas for works or authors to read. See lists of
cultures and mythoi and lots more that's of interest. Visit the feature called
Tops & Flops In The Arts now:
the muse of Mythology wants
your complete attention
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Mythology Index for a list of all the sections belonging to The Muse of