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  • What is Mythology according tn you

    Wondering what is mythology and does it really have a deeper meaning? Want to know the various perspectives on mythology? Find responses from experts here for getting insight int mythology.

    Mythologies are not only stories but society and culture described in a symbolic manner. Mythology also speaks about the history but in a different manner. There are thousands of narratives existing in the Hindu culture. Today I would like to know how other members in the forum interpret mythology.
    Do you think Mythologies are just stories or do they have a deeper meaning?
    If you have any new perspective on Hindu mythology then I am really interested to learn about it. Any new opinions and insights are welcome. .
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  • Every religion or culture has a mythological background. They differ from each other in many ways but the undercurrent is same. They depict some old historical happenings in the nature of myths and are carried over to the next generations. Why I am telling 'in the nature of myths' is because no one knows whether those incidents really happened or are based on some simple happenings and were exaggerated by the scholars. Many people believe that they are actually stories about the God and supernatural elements and it is a big question whether they really existed or not. Whatever be the case these stories or myths are very popular in the respective religions or societies and most of the people take them as granted and true. Our religious and cultural beliefs are based on our mythology only and everyone feels pride of that heritage.

    The Hindu mythology is also very vast and elaborate and it needs years to read and understand those things about our mythology. Many research scholars have done research on these subjects and arrived at interesting conclusions. It is estimated that the earliest mention of the Hindu mythology belongs to the period approximately 1500 BC which means about 3500 years ago. In fact the period 1500 to 500 BC is known as Vedic period.

    Hindu mythology is contained in its various records like Vedas, Puranas, Epics, Religious scriptures etc and there is enormous material available in them including the mythological stories, preachings, spiritual information, what to do and what not, the mythological history of the universe and its future, the Gods and the demons, war stories etc. These stories are not only entertaining but give many good lessons and information to its readers. Whether we believe in it or not our society is already influenced by these things and we are doing many things involuntarily under the hereditary and upbringing influence on us.

    Hindu mythology sees the birth and death in a different perspective and believes in many lives even after death. Hindu mythology has a very interesting understanding of the 'time' also which flows continuously in the universe in a forward direction. It believes that there are ages in the time and today we are in Kaliyuga. It is peculiar to note that the present age is Kaliyuga and as per mythology this one is the worst age having all sort of deficiencies and mean actions in the human behaviours. Earlier ages as per our mythology are Satyayug, Tretayug and Dwaparyug.

    The problem in analysing the mythology of any society is that we do not know how many aberrations and deformations were made by the people who wrote about these old history and customs in form of the epics and religious books and how much is actually true out of them. So, mythology is a matter of belief only.

    Knowledge is power.

  • Mythology is a study of myths,

    Basically, it can be described as a collection of various traditional stories. These stories may be real or not we don't know. But they are useful to mankind in teaching morals, values and ethics. These stories will include supernatural beings, animals to explain what happened and how it happened etc. These stories will be written in such a way that how good people will flourish in their lives and how they win over bad elements in society and why it is important to be good?
    Let us not go into the discussion that they are real or not. But the purpose is to induced good in human beings. As such it might not happen the way it is told but there may be some happenings based on which these stories were made.
    The stories will differ from religion to religion. But the ultimate goal is the same that is to induce morals in the people. These days people are not having any morals and their ultimate aim is to earn. For such people, it is waste to tell these stories as they will start arguing about the reality of those stories.

    always confident

  • The word mythology was born from two Greek words. Mythos- means the story of the people and Logos- means, word or speech. Then Mythology - means the spoken story of people.

    Myths can be said to be stories that are told with a little bravado and a little bit exaggerated mix to help us understand difficult things. Myths can be described as believing the man with a little divinity and supernatural intelligence, in addition to explaining undiscovered mysteries, religious and cultural traditions.

    This category also includes legends, traditional and natural phenomena. They originate with stories and fables that have been told for generations. There is no specific scientific research record.
    My knowledge is that there are more myths in Hinduism.

    However, these are the factors that motivate people to lead a good life. In ancient and modern cultures, deeper myths serve their purpose. But they are still as relevant as they were in ancient times

    "Cheruthulli Peruvellam"
    small drops make a mighty ocean

  • The mythology itself comprises of the word "MYTH" which can also be referred to as a widely held but false belief or idea.

    During my childhood days I used to get surrounded by the, I would say the religious stories which seemed so natural in those days but when I began considering those in a logical and scientific ways than those found out to be nothing then the meaningless and nonsensical chapters created and circulated by the religious leaders or pundits. These are numerous including how the Lord Ganesh came into existence, His beheading by the Lord Shiva etc. I used to enjoy these during my childhood days but when confronted with the facts those found to be of no base.

    I don't intend to go through with the other stories but what I feel is that things got so much manipulated over thousand of years that the original concepts have gone missing completely. The thing is that we are imagining the Hanuman as a monkey man which in itself shows blunder and ignorance within us. We never analyze about how a monkey would be able to communicate with a man of intelligence and a great pundit like the Ravana.

    What I feel is that during those times the incidences and other happenings were written in a poetry type forms which when understood and communicated by a layman then this would be a different phenomenon all the way. This is because the poetry consists of many hidden meanings which is not possible for the commoners to understand.

    We must remember that when we began to believe on the things without any logic and without any scientific basis or facts then this is nothing but the superstitious at its best.

  • Myth and Mythology. Few study mythology as well, there are few institutes offer mythology courses in India and other country too. The students are interested to know the hidden facts, stories and histories they come across.

    To be frank, God only knows everything whether it is Myth or Fact despite various theory and scientific proof etc. Yesterday's activity become's history today but the current political scenario may or may not represent the yesterday's fact in a right way or change it partially or fully to favor them. This happened in every era.

    Alexander the Great. His story co-relate with many past Kings (as Alexander or Sikander etc.) but it is unconfirmed yet though mostly believe his existence, ruled for a long and he with parade reached till India's border and on. In a surprise note, there is no archaeological proof of his existence or any infra despite he ruled many years in different region. If you Google, "is there scientific evidence of Alexander" then you would find different story though the search engine also updated these days by the human and it was not since then.

    Heavy stones moved from the earth to terrace to build a heavy construction in the past but it is unconfirmed yet how it was when even thousand's of manpower also can't do it so, nor any heavy equipment used for it those days.

    There are puzzles between truth and myth yet. Again, factual knows by time's King / people than myth. The myth might be fact too or myth is myth, other way, the fact what we thought might be a myth, or fact is fact.

    All of these known only one who ever-existence.

  • Hindu mythology is surrounded with so many interesting fables or stories of the ancient times. In the text of Vedas, Puran, Mahabharata and Ramayana, you may come across the events or stories which will reflect the virtues of so many charectees. Mandodari, wife of Ravana was considered as one of the great satis - a title indicating her greatness. She was so devotional in her service to Ravan that she has no more objectives other than serving her husband. The story of Karna - a great personality in the era of Mahabharata is well known to all. Her mother Kunti approached Karna to save the life of Bhima during the period of war. His reply was very apt and authentic when he said that she would always remain the mother of five at all cost though Karna was born to Kunti prior to her marriage with the blessing of God Sun. In case of death of Bhima, he would join her accepting her as mother. This depicts the greatness of Karna's Charecter.
    Our ancient history would reflect many charectees sacrificing their lives for the benifits of common mass. Devi Sita became Sati to prove her chastity before the Lord Rama.
    We would come across the several charecters in our ancient history that they were the real heroes in fighting against the odds. So Hindu - mythology offers us numerous fables or may be there were such charecters who became immortal because of their high charecters and purities of their hearts.
    Hence mythology may arise as either truthful depiction or over elaborated accounts of historical events.

  • Mythological literature means a description of ancient stories. Mythological literature and characters have a profound influence on the Indian psyche and world public. Puranas are the oldest texts of world literature.

    The words of knowledge and morality written in them are still relevant, priceless and the cornerstone of human civilization. Prior to the Puranas, the Vedas had made the Indian public a Vishwaguru. The language and style of the Vedas is difficult. Because of this, the Puranas were created, which are easy and interesting versions of that knowledge.

    The complex facts in them are explained through narratives. The topics of the Puranas are ethics, thought, geography, astronomy, politics, culture, social traditions, science and other subjects.
    The special fact is that in the Puranas, along with the gods-gods, kings, and sages-sages, common folklores are also mentioned, which depict all aspects of the mythological period.

    Mythological characters are also called myths.

    The word Myth is the Hindi form of 'Myth' in English. The Hindi word got from 'Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi'. Myth is basically a Greek word meaning 'the subject of speech'. The theme of speech refers to a story, a narrative that was believed to be true in ancient times and gave some mysterious meaning.

    The word Myth also has some lexical meanings - an old story or folk belief, narrative of a caste, traditional saga, narration, circle, legend, traditional story of gods and valiant men with analysis of religious beliefs and mysteries of nature. Indian civilization was very prosperous during the period.
    Our civilization was so advanced that we still take pride in it. Literary and written material of a language can be called literature. Ancient oral literature is found in tribal languages ??in the world. Indian Sanskrit literature begins with the Rigveda.
    Mythological sages like Vyas, Valmiki composed epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Bhasa, Kalidas and other poets wrote plays in Sanskrit, a priceless heritage of literature. The characters of all these literary works have given a new direction to the human species.

    The four Vedas are the divine knowledge of the Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda which were given to the four sages at the beginning of the creation, Agni, Vayu, Aditya and Angira with knowledge of Vedic language Sanskrit.
    In these Vedas, God brought that knowledge to humans, which is still available after crores of years. This knowledge of the Vedas is the basis of the overall progress of man.
    By reading this knowledge from parents and teachers, the overall physical, intellectual, spiritual and social progress of a human being. As an example, we can take the historical legends like Adi Purush Brahmaji, Maharishi Manu, Patanjali, Kapil, Kanad, Gautama, Vyasa, Jaimini, Rama, Krishna, Chanakya, Dayanand etc. whose Vedas were the basis of physical, intellectual and spiritual progress.

    The presence of nature is seen in mythology. Apart from the various dimensions of nature and its interrelations of human beings, in folklore, interesting things are seen of their interaction with animals and birds. Here animal-bird conversations are also in human language, in which social activities are reflected. In these, many such characters of public policy and social behavior are visible, which teach them to avoid evil and move towards good through laws like punishments and boons for good and bad deeds in the society.

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