Why do Contemporary Artists and Writers Turn to Mythological Topics?
Mythology is basically the study of all kinds of myths. Myths have existed and been created since the beginning of humans. ‘For thousands of years people have associated objects in the sky, the Earth, and aspects of their physical world with the gods and goddesses of their cultures.’1 They have been created for many different purposes, starting from passing on the basic moral values of a particular culture to explaining the unexplainable, like the creation of world or, in contrary, the apocalypse – the end-day predictions or appearance of the world of the dead, etc. A writer Jeanne has an opinion that
‘myths attempt to explain, in complex symbolism, the vital outlines of existence; they also attempt to make more acceptable the painful realities of existence-danger, disease, misfortune, and death-by explaining them as part of a sacred order in the universe.’2
Before the science flourished most people could not understand and/or explain certain things in nature, like earthquakes, storms, giant waves, etc. Therefore it was considered that a certain god or goddess has done that for some explainable purposes. Instead of trying to rationally seek for an explanation, the explanation was looked for in the human daily actions (good via bad behaviour, not enough sacrificed animals, etc.). Throughout the time in history there can be found thousands and thousands of written and artistic (paintings, sculptures, etc.) examples where an existing myth has been represented through the perception of a particular person.…
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