The Message of the Myth

Thread 2: “The Message of the Myth”


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Before responding to the threads in this forum, you must listen to Bill Moyers’ Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth episode, “The Message of the Myth.” This is the first link in the Audio link under Course Materials in your left-hand navigation menu.

In ONE INITIAL POST of at least 300 words, answer the following questions:

  1. When Moyers asks Campbell what humans are looking for when we ascribe to one of the creation myths, how does Campbell respond.  Do you agree or disagree with him? Why?
  2. Why is the snake a common motif in creation stories? Does the snake seem to represent the same thing in all cultures? If yes, explain why; if no, give examples of differences.

In THREE RESPONSE POSTS of at least 150 words, reply to and/or extend other students’ initial posts concerning this prompt.