Mythology

The collectively created and collectively used cultural output of thousands of generations of human beings.

Detail from the Greenfield Papyrus (the Book of the Dead of Nesitanebtashru). It depicts the air god Shu, assisted by the ram-headed Heh deities, supporting the sky goddess Nut as the earth god Geb reclines beneath.

The air god Shu, assisted by other gods, holds up Nut, the sky, as Geb, the earth, lies beneath. Photographed by the British Museum; original artist unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Myth: “A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” (Oxford Living Dictionary)

Mythology is the study of the myths, art, and/or rituals associated with specific cultures over multiple generations. Interwoven cultural materials taken together form a mythic system or world view in which the individual and the community interact with each other and the world at large.

Mythologist

One who works with mythic artifacts to create multifarious awareness of oneself and the world around us to create balance in our ways of knowing and living on the planet.

A lover and/or student of mythology who reveals in uncovering the myths entwined in and influencing our lives.

What Does a Mythologist Do?

  • Teach workshops on mythology.
  • Write essays, research papers, and fiction.
  • Help others learn how to tap into humanity’s mythic heritage and incorporate the mythic imagination into our daily lives.
  • Integrate mythology into western culture.

If you are a caregiver, or know someone who is, check out the Imaginal Mythology Workshop for Caregivers. The workshop was created as part of my doctoral research to enhance well-being in family caregivers. Reworked to incorporate insights gained in my research, I encourage all caregivers to participate.