Fonts, M-P, Mythology

M = Mythology

M is for Monotype Corsiva
M=Monotype Corsiva,

Monotype Corsiva was designed by Patricia Saunders in 1995.

And then there is Microsoft everything: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/family.aspx?FID=270

MYTHOLOGY

Black DragonI love mythology.

I take ideas and concepts from a wide range of mythology as a springboard in my own writing. I write fantasy and fantasy uses many archetypes of myth. For me it is endlessly fascinating.

Mythology is a collection of myths or the study of myths.

When many people think of mythology, they think of what is called classical mythology or Greek and Roman mythology, however every culture in the world has its own body of myths. I hope to explore a wide range of mythologies over the year(s).

Myths usually center on gods and supernatural heroes, but humans also play a large role in the stories. There are a lot of fine points distinguishing myths from legends and folktales, but I will not get into those distinctions in this posting.

There are probably more people writing about myth than there are myths. And there are a lot of myths.

Over the life of this blog we will explore not only diverse myths that populate cultures around the world, but also universal myth archetypes. That will include viewpoints of various mythologists through history, ancient to modern.

When one first mentions the study of myth, most people think of Joseph Campbell. I will be referring to his work often in future posts. http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php?categoryid=11  & http://mythosandlogos.com/Campbell.html

One of my favorite mythologists from before Joseph Campbell is J.R.R. Tolkien.
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/J._R._R._Tolkien & http://www.biography.com/people/jrr-tolkien-9508428#awesm=~oBl41pHEe0xD1h

Tolkien, not only coined the word Mythopoeia for the conscious attempt to create myths (his books a prime example of such – The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, Return of the King), but was also a preeminent scholar.

Modern Mythopoeia includes fantasy, manga, and urban legends as portrayed in novels, movies, and other medium. Jade Dragon

The psychologist Carl Jung is also a favorite of mine. Jung explored the psychology of myth and explained his theory of universal archetypes. Archetypes are, according to Jung, a constantly recurring symbol or motif, a prototype, a collectively-inherited idea.

Jung asserted that all humans share certain innate unconscious psychological forces. Hand-in-hand with that is the study of comparative mythology which is a comparison of myths from different cultures.

These are great places to start your mythological explorations:

One excellent site: http://www.aworldofmyths.com/
Wow- this is cool: http://www.windows2universe.org/mythology/worldmap_new.html
Stories: Timeless Myths. http://www.timelessmyths.com/
More myth info: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Mythology

Would like to lasso time and slow it down, but here we are at the halfway point. It is truly the Ides of April and the middle of the alphabet.
-lisa

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