Do you believe in the Greek/Roman mythology?
July 27, 2008 12:56pm CST
When you look up at the night sky, you'll see a bunch of stars shining brightly down at you. Of course, some of those "stars" are also planets and satelites. Do you ever lay and wonder how those stars came into existance? I know of the whole "And God created the world and all that in them is in six days", but when I was reading the history behind my icon, I got to wondering. The Pleiades...seven sisters...M45. For those of us who follows the bible to a T knows that God put those stars up there. But for those of us who have a more...shall we say...creative mind think otherwise. According to legend, the Pleiades were a group of seven sisters born to Pleione and Atlas. Some of the seven were mothers to the god Zeus, the others Poseidon but the youngest loved a mortal. In the end, all seven of them were transformed as stars because they committed suicide in grief of the death of their father. If one reads the story behind each sister, they will discover that there's ties to both mytholgy and historical facts. Electra was seduced by Zeus and gave birth to Dardanus, founder of Troy, ancestor of Priam and his house...interresting, eh?My question to you is: do you believe in the story behind the stars as just being mere bedtime stories...or do you actually believe that the characters were real beings?
• United States
31 Jul 08
I read a great book called "Don't Know Much About Mythology". The author compared *all* of the different myths, with timelines, and showed how some are almost identical. He made a great case for a lot of these myths are rooted in truth. I do believe that there's truth in the myths and I hate that they're called myths as though they are nothing more than nursery stories. They should be historical stories. :)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Jul 08
im so fascinated with the greek/roman mythology...and how i wish its true...each stories depicts different kinds of love ,hate and power which we can relate to our everyday lives of course minus the extra ordinary power they can do mortals..
28 Jul 08
I can't really say one way or another. There are so many theories out there. I'm sure there are parts of the world whee the beliees of my childhood are alled "Christian Mythology" or perhaps "Western Mythology." If we were meant to know all of the answers, there wouldn't be so many theories.
18 Nov 09
Since stars have lifetimes of millions of years and were in the sky before the legends and stories and myths, then logically, the stories are in fact just stories to attempt to provide answers to questioning individuals, whether they are correct or not. Quaint ramblings of the ancients. Yes, some myth and legend is based on actual events, but the stories get bastardised a lot as they get told verbally from one generation to the next, and as they spread from culture to culture. A lot of fantasy and free license gets introduced into the stories, just to make them better. Next thing you know, you have religion, which doesn't like lots of questions from people trying to understand these stories. Their is truth in their somewhere, it just got mixed up with a LOT of fantasy gobbledegook. The great flood, I believe this to be related to the flooding of the Black Sea via the Bosphorus, the story is probably sourcable to this area. The American deep sea explorer fellow has mentioned this also, he also mentioned an idea I also had, to find any remains of any previous human settlements on Earth prior to the sea rising 300 feet 30,000 years ago, you will of course, have to search to ocean floor, 300 feet down, where the coast used to be, where the settlements, used to be. Australian Aboriginals, still pass on a verbal teaching story of the 'hunting lands' of the coast of North Western Australia, now flooded and have been for a long time. Their map was checked with sonar and was surprisingly accurate, regards mountain ranges and valleys. Then we have the cargo cults of Pacific islands, the cultures show how religion begins and maintains its existance. You tube for cargo cult and watch the islanders see how they are still waiting for the return of John, their saviour. Religion is such a funny thing, nothing can be ever PROVEN, one way or another. There is really no point in arguing anything regards religion, since nothing can ever be proven, so why bother. If it makes you happy, then it is good for you. The stories of old are great things, they just need to be sorted out, into, Busted, Plausable or Confirmed, lets get that guy with the beret and his mate with glasses in on this, although I think, due to lots of religious people, they wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.