Y is for Why: Why do we Create Myths? – A to Z Challenge

My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.

Y is for Why? Why do we Create Myths?

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history.”
~ Robert Fulghum

“A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.” ~Alan Watts

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” ~Joseph Campbell

“For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.” ~ Thomas Bulfinch

“‘Star Wars’ is mythology. It’s like Greek mythology or Shakespeare. It’s the story of good versus evil over a very long span of time. The storytelling is universal and timeless.” ~ Michael Franti

“I think that we need mythology. We need a bedrock of story and legend in order to live our lives coherently.” ~Alan Moore

“I think people should read fairy tales, because we’re hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears.” ~Sandra Cisneros

What I think:

I think we need stories. We need explanation for why the world turns as it does, physically and emotionally. We crave myths and when we don’t have one that fits, we create one.

Powerful stuff.




Go to my 2016 A to Z Challenge page to see my other posts on world mythology.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens… Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest release is Midnight Magic a Ghost & Abby mystery, which is a spin off from her Gambling Ghosts Series (i.e., A Highland Ghost for Christmas …). Under the pen name Doomsday Carson she writes the post-apocalyptic series Bête Noire. Her two romantic-suspense series are called: Mata Hari and Vancouver Blues. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire.

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