Interest in mythology has grown steadily throughout the last hundred years. Today myths are seen more as serious insights into reality rather than just childish stories. They exist in all societies. Although most myths come from cultures very unlike ours, they may be strikingly similar to our lives and our own situation in the world.
Myths are imaginative traditions about the nature, history, and destiny of the world, the gods, man, and society (Cavendish 8).
?A myth is a story or tradition which claims to enshrine a fundamental truth about the world and human life, which is regarded in its own environment as authorative, but whose truth is not literal, historical, or scientific? (Cavendish 9).
Many myths have a dream-like quality. We find monsters, hybrid beings, and animals that walk and talk like men. Men and animals intermarry, change shape, and possess magical powers (Cavendish 10).
Myths not only reflect man?s experience of life, but have also molded it, for people naturally interpret what happens to them in the light of their prevailing attitude to reality,
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