Mythology

Afterlife Readings

December 15, 2014   -- Smith

Afterlife Readings

 

GREEK

Greek Underworld     PDF 1-7

Orpheus                  PM 221-222    (GR 107)

Socrates’ Speech      PM 224-226

Aeneas                   PM 222-223    (GR 236-240)

Sisyphus                 PM 194-199

Tantalus                  PDF 7-10

Persephone             GR 39-40 & 50-55

 

NORSE

Valkyries / Valhalla    PDF 10-11

Death of Balder        PDF 11-14

Ragnarok                PDF 14-15

 

EGYPTIAN

Osiris and Isis          PM 212-217

Horus                     EG 142-197

Afterlife Myths         PDF 15-17

 

OTHER CULTURES

Ishtar                     PM 200-203

Marwe [Kenya]        PM 203-204

Pare/Hutu [NZ]        PM 209-210

Iroquois                  PM 210

Algonquin                PM 211-212

Blue Jay [Chinook]    PM 217-220

Persian                   PM 226-227

Jewish                    PM 229

Tibetan                   PM 229-231

Death of Moses        PM 233-236

Afterlife Myths         PDF 17-19

Dante’s Inferno        PDF 19-21

Christian                  PDF 21-22


Tricksters

November 3, 2014   -- Smith

READING LINKS

 

Anansi Readings

 

Coyote Readings

 

Misc. Trickster_Readings

 

READLIST

 

Anansi – PDF

  • Anansi and the Ear of Corn (West Africa) – PM 159-161
  • Anansi Tries to Steal All the Wisdom in the World
  • Anansi And The Turtle
  • Anansi And The Witch
  • Anansi: How Stories Came to Earth
  • Anansi and the Gub-Gub Peas
  • Anansi and the Rope
  • Anansi and the Firefly

Coyote – PDF

  • Coyote and the Bluebird (Pima)
  • Coyote and the Monsters of the Bitterroot Valley (Flathead/Salish)
  • Coyote Kills a Giant (Dine/Navajo)
  • Coyote vs. Duck
  • Coyote: Fire Race (Karuk)
  • Coyote’s Adventures in Idaho

Maui – (Polynesia) PM 111-113

 

Loki (Norse)

  • Golden Apples – PDF
  • Giant’s Bride – PDF
  • How Thor Got His Hammer – PDF

Prometheus (Greek) – PM 114-115

Hermes (Greek) –PDF

  • Hermes & Apollo’s Cows (Greek)
  • Hermes, Slayer Of Argos, Monster Of 100 Eyes (Greek)
  • Hermes & The Creation Of Pandora (Greek)
  • Hermes & Baby Heracles (Greek)

Nasreddin Hodja (Turkey) – PDF

 

Uncle Remus (Brer Rabbit) – PDF

 

Raven Finds the First Men (Haida) – PDF

 

JOURNALS

Tricksters

Of the Tricksters we read which one was your favorite? Why? Which one did you like the least? Why? When have you been a Trickster? Explain the situation. When have you been tricked? Explain the situation. What was the Trickster’s motive and what were your feelings/reactions afterwards?

 

Animal Tricksters Journal

Anansi and Coyote are both described in animal forms. What impact does that have on the story instead of having them be human? Why are those two particular animals appropriate as tricksters? What other animals would make good Trickster characters? What do we learn about the two main cultures (West African & Native American) by reading these stories?


Heroes

October 3, 2014   -- Smith

STORIES:

o   Otter’s Ransom [Norse]

  • Hiawatha [Iroquis] – PM 191-194
  • Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife [Bible – Genesis] – PM 176-178
  • Perseus [Greek] – GR 146-154
  • Atalanta [Greek] – GR 180-184
  • Bellerophon [Greek] – PM 175-176  (& GR 139-143)
  • Theseus [Greek] – PM 185-191     (& GR 155-165)
  • Oedipus [Greek] – PM 285-289     (& GR 268-273)

JOURNALS TO BE ANNOUNCED


Creation

September 2, 2014   -- Smith

Creation Stories (PDF file)

 

PDF = PDF textbook

PM = Parallel Myths

GR = Hamilton’s Mythology

EG = Legends of the Egyptian Gods

  • Norse – PDF 1-2 & PM 44-46 & (video)
  • Hesiod’s Theogony (Greek) – GR 65-77 & PM 46-48
  • Egypt – PDF 3-5 (3 stories) and PM 51-52 & EG 2-13 & (video)
  • Enuma Elish (Babylonian) – PM 71-72
  • India – PM 37-40
  • Finland – PM 53
  • Pacific – China, Japan, Polynesia, New Zealand – PM 53-58 & Australia – PDF 6
  • Americas – Sioux – PM 59; Pawnee – PM 60; Iroquois – PM 62-63; Mayan – PM 68-69; (Navajo video); Inca – PM 70 & (Inca video)
  • Jewish (Talmud) – PM 76-80
  • Genesis (Bible) – PM 73-76
  • Scientific (Big Bang) – PDF 7
  • Notes on symbols – PM 80-90
  • Youtube videos (search for fionapass) or go to www.bigmyth.com

 

JOURNAL

Creation Stories Impact

 

Discuss some of the similarities in all the creation stories (consider the archetypes and creation of mankind as well). What do these common elements tell us about mankind’s view of the universe, in general? What contributes to any differences? How do these stories / beliefs differ from the Catholic teachings? What impact on your personal life does studying these myths have?


Norse Pantheon

August 22, 2014   -- Smith

Readings for the Norse Pantheon:

 

Norse Pantheon Stories

 

Journal:

Norse Pantheon

Why did you select the character you chose?  What new thing did you learn that was the most surprising or interesting?  Besides the character you researched, which one character would you most want to have dinner with?  Why?  Which character do you most connect with personally?  Why?


Class Materials Needed

August 1, 2014   -- Smith

Supplies you will need this year for Mythology class:

  • Notebook – 3-ring 1” minimum (dedicated to Myth materials only)
  • Loose-leaf paper (for notes and homework)
  • Bound 3-hole notebook for the journal
  • Pen or pencil every day of class

Recommended items:

  • Index cards / Flash-cards
  • USB memory drive