Sunday, May 01, 2005

Final

50 PTS
-Trickster presentations
-Calasso Material
-Group presentations in everyday life
-Individual Presentaions

Final Calasso Notes: 248- risk, 324 - heroes lack the female touch they always end in death and destruction 336-337 the only thing left is yourself - your moment of excellence Homeric Theology "high noon" 359 - pain why do we suffer? we suffer so that there are stories 383 - definition the precident behind every action the silver lining... 387 to invite the gods brings myth/life history in motion gods & stories

amathea=ignorance
History gives you facts, mythology gives you the truth
"These things never happen, but are always"

Personal Presentations

4/21

Dave - 40 days paddling canoes - seperation of the hero Derek - composed a musicals tory - mythological connections Jessie - life is a story, religion as myth Alissa - Calasso paragraph - mythical characters Kristi - myth behind her every action, made story Kelsi - collective unconscious, do we know eerything already? Tasia - what have I learned in this class - demythologizers Tyler - religion - truth is something you can live your life by C&H 147-148 Steve - myth/science/religion Martin - myth is not the precedent behind every action Michelle- Harry Potter & the monomyth
Darcy - hit or myth, film and myth

Personal Presentations

4/26

Adam - Carl Jung & Individuation/ the heroes dream Kastina - mythology & plays/ characters Cassidy - female archetypes (fullfillment of all four throught life)
Jeff - passage from C&H pg. 281 Allsion - discovery of myth and what she learned C&H 278 Deborah - myth is a story of life Ryon - myth's ability to guide, where does reality end & myth begin Sawyer - journey to MT for schooling Alison- current news and mythology Stan- is myth the order behind every action? Relation to the air force Kelsea - Alice & Wonderland / Mythology Tamara - Heroes in myth & the ability to change things C&H 102 Marit - Bridges in myth - transitions to paradise

Personal Presentations

4/28

Ashley - Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge in George & the mythology
Maddie - Lilith, Adam's 1st wife who became immortal
Brad - origion and variants of myth C&H Danielle - where we see gods in our everyday life Megan - what to do with her life, what major to choose
Matt - a journey to Europe and Egypt
Kyle - stellar constellations Randy - myth as the precedent behind every action
Susannah - Greek Drama and the role of prophets Melissa - myth is everywhere
Hannah - the female divine & the goddess worshiping culture Brady - Campbells Monomyth & Roalin from the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Monday, April 25, 2005

Beginning Notes

UR- first language, exemplary model

Merche Eliade- in illo tempore= in the great time (beginning)
Things were better than they are now, good ol' days

Two themes for mythology: kidnapped/abduction, and metamorphosis/change

mythos= story, beliefs logos= truth of things

"Myth is the precedent behind every action" with models

Freud/Shakesphere "When we are born, we cry that we have come to this great stage of fools" birth is trama (scary, frightening)

Myth the way we are, or the way we were?

"notion that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny"

Joseph Cambell- the hero is us
separation
intitiation
return

Friedrich Nietzche- god is dead!

Euhimerism- whiddling down to actual historical fact, all myths were historically accurate, but over time the years turned into exaggeration. Treating stories as allegories, profound moral truths put in poetic form for easier digestion.

Notes 2/15

Orpheus- Greek musician who fell in love with a woman who was bitten by a snake and died, went to underworld, Orpheus wanted to bring her back, so he played music for Hates, made him weep and lets him have her if he doesn't turn to look at her until after they are out of the underworld. Of course he looks and loses her.

music comes from muse- mnemosyne (memory)

Dionysis- god who drives you out of your mind

The name for what defines the way things came to be and how they are.....etiology

4 basic types of creation stories:
1) creation ex nihilo- out of nothing
2) earth-diver- creature dives into ocean/water and picks up earth from mud
3) creation by dividing a primordial unity like earth and sky- form from chaos, cracking open the cosmic egg
4) creation from dismemberment of a primordial being- sea monsters

5) emergence myths- people travel series of chambers or worlds until it emerges into this one

Acreation or conjunction stories- depict birth of order resulting from mingling/layering of primal elements, order from chaos, cycle of two repeating

Secretion stories- divine emissions from gods (sweat, urination) to create humans

Sacrafice stories- god/man is sacraficed for creative work to succeed

Division or consummation stories- cosmic egg, re-birth, beginning of life

3/1 Notes

Female Divine:
4 Female Archetypes:
Elementary: Positive- earth mother, nourishing, magna
Negative- devouring mother, overbearing, overwhelming
Transformative: Positive- platonic ideal, perfect, goody-two-shoes
Negative- temptress, out to get you

our mothers are our first mythological woman
the orphan- mythological figure born with out mother, not know her

Western art- Madonna, Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ the baby on mother's lap, women seen as curvy, full
Steatopygic- collasoal, huge, massive buttocks

Adventure of life: from womb to tomb

Lilith- rumored to be Adam's first wife, terror of the night, equal to Adam, refused to lie underneath him during intercourse

Jung and Freud- deal with demons
Freud believed we need to get rid of our demons in our imagination
Jung believes need to get to know our demons

individuation- psychological process by which you confront your demons

Final/Term Paper

It’s Greek to Me

Entering this class, I had some background on the Greek gods and goddesses from my Latin classes in high school. We studied some mythical stories, gods, and famous battles of the people. However, we did not get into the depth of myth as in this class. I never thought of myth as the precedent behind every action, as invisible, and an ever-present lining (Calasso, 383). I am a religious person and practicing Catholic, so I believe in the Bible and its creation story. The other studious and curious part of me wonders about the scientific backing of creation. I still believe God created the earth, but I also believe in the scientific evolution of humans that has been physically proven. I think that when you evaluate these ideas it all comes down to faith. Religion and believing in God, of whatever form, requires faith in what you cannot see or touch. Throughout this class I was interested in learning how other cultures, and faith for that matter, believed creation to occur and who they worship. Because the Greek creation story most closely resembles the Christian story, I related most to their story. This is not to say the others were not true or believable. This question and validity is left to the individual to determine. Myth can help us determine this because it is the most significant form of religious expression (Sexson, 39).
Our repeated working definition of myth as the precedent behind every action really got me thinking about how myth is in everything we do. Mythology explains how everything is how it should be and that the past explains the future through myth (Leonard and McClure, 1). I see myth as stories we relate to and help guide us through our lives. This is similar to the Bible stories I learned as a kid. I see these stories as examples of how to live and give us role models, or heroes if you will, to follow. They teach us lessons and inspire us. The Bible’s characters are similar to the Greek heroes and gods and goddesses. Moses was a typical hero who struggled through his journey just like Hercules. These heroes show us that we can get through tough times and beat our adversaries. Struggle and hardship in life are inevitable and only make the good times sweeter. One of my favorite songs by the Barenaked Ladies states this as, “nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight, you’ve gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.”
In my personal life, I have found that the more you fight or have to work for something, the more it is worth. Since this class, I have looked at my life experiences in a different way. I can see how events in my life have been shaped by myth and how I integrate these realities everyday. Like everyone here, I have gone through tough times and have lost people close to me. I think that the quote, “what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger,” rings true in my life. The losses I have coped have made me a stronger and wiser person. These include deaths, struggles, school, sports, and heartbreak. If I wouldn’t have had to persevere through these times, the ending would not have been happiness. If I would have quit soccer after knee surgery or dropped out of school, I would not be where I am today. Most people have to struggle to reach their goals and make others’ lives easier. The Greeks believed that the work of the gods brought about ruin of men so that others might have song in the future (Calasso, 359). I take this into the religious context that God takes those close to us up to heaven to help us get through life. They are our angels and inspiration.
I found how the Greeks believed the gods interacted or ruled over them particularly interesting in reading both our anthology and Calasso. The Greeks believed that the gods and goddesses can shift the meaning of what is predestined, but not cancel it out (Calasso, 336). I believe this in the truth that we control our destiny. Granted our lives as a whole, or creation in general, is empowered by a superior being, but we have the choice of how to live our lives. God gives us the choice to do right or wrong. We live with the consequences of our choices. We must be proactive with the way we lead our lives and appreciate what is around us. I find Bozeman a great place to do so. The mountains and scenery here inspire me and instill a sense of awe for creation. From reading Calasso, I found a particular passage that hit home for me. Pindar commented on Coronis’s actions by saying, “The craziest type of people are those who scorn what they have around them and look elsewhere, vainly searching for what cannot exist” (59). As a society, we need to appreciate what we are given, what we have worked hard to achieve, and nature around us. Myth is everywhere in all of the above.
Overall, I think this class showed me a new way of looking at things in life. I realized how everything has myth behind it. Every single story I was told as a child is mythological and repeated throughout history. I do not think I will be able to read another book, watch another movie, or even hike in the mountains again without thinking about the mythological presence behind all of it and linking various stories to my actions.


References

Calasso, Robert. (1994). The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (1st International Ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Leonard, Scott and Michael McClure. (2004). Myth and Knowing: An introduction to world mythology (1st ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Sexson, Dr. Michael W. (2004). Myth: The Way We Were of the Way We Are? Varieties of religious expression.

Final Info.

Mythology comes out in way we speak and write.

Mythology of: 1) victim 2) over-achiever

Calasso: Myths are alive, creative
Story of Pigmalian- guy who falls in love with his own creation, told all through the middle ages
repeated in more recent musical My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman

Tricksters- moronic jokes (stupid, blonde jokes), hunger/appetite covers all tricksters, carnal-flesh body needs, Freud calls embodiment of id, seeking to satisfy itself
Link between trickster and the body, usually animals, coyote, spider, rabbits (get away w/things) rabbits always play tricks on others, ex. Bugs Bunny

Negative protraction= couch potatoes, glazed eyes
Iconoclastic (demolishing) breaking sacred image

Tricksters are the lords of the in between, always on the road, travels spirit, messanger of gods or camping souls, thief, release treasures/knowledge

Big Group Presentation

Our group decided we would take pictures of mythological people and events that related to the material we learned throughout the semester. We met to collaborate and make new scenes. We found many female/male archetypes, heroes, tricksters, and references to myth. This project made us think outside the box and relate what we had been hearing all semester. We also added brief summaries of each story or god to give some background. Our project was both entertaining and educational. We put a lot of time and work into it. After our pictures and slides, Derek sang a piece about Orpheus and the Muses. I think he did an amazing job and ended our presentation on a great note!

My personal background included these:

Dionysis
Dionysis was the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele. Zeus has an affair with Semele disguised as a mortal. Zeus’s wife Hera heard of this and tricked Zeus into revealing his divine self to her. Semele was burnt to death by Zeus’ lightning flash, but the part-god fetus survived. Zeus then sewed up his son in his thigh until it was time for Dionysis to be born. After his birth, Dionysis was raised by several different nurses and groups. He was educated by the Muses, Satyrs, the Sileni, and the Maenads. Like the mythological hero, he had an unusual birth, was an orphan, had to conquer adversaries, and eventually will die a strange death. When he was grown, Dionysis discovered the fruit of the vine and the art of wine making from it. He wandered about on many adventures and abducted many lovers of both sexes. Dionysis is known as “the god who drives you out of your mind.” He was originally the god of wine, but later also became the god of vegetation and warm moisture. He now influences wine, ecstasy, cross-dressing, sensuality, rebellion, and drama. He is frequently portrayed with feminine style, but a sexually potent male.

Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus, according to Greek mythology, is the thrown of the chief god Zeus. The gods have their palaces at the summit. They assemble here to consume nectar and ambrosia (“immortal”) the substances that reinforce their immortality. According to the myth, the top of Mt. Olympus, which is covered in snow and hidden in the clouds, reaches all the way into the heavens. It is the highest mountain in Greece and lies on the border of Macedonia and Thessaly. The Muses entertained the gods here on Olympus.

Heracles/Hercules
Hercules is the greatest hero of Greek mythology. Hercules is the son of the god Zeus and Alcmene. His gift was fabulous strength. He strangled two serpents in his cradle and killed a lion before manhood. Hercules main antagonist was Hera. She eventually drove him mad, during which time he killed his own children and his brother’s. He was so grieved upon recovery that he exiled himself and consulted the oracle of Apollo. The oracle told him to perform twelve labors. After the twelve labors, Hercules was now free to return to Thebes and marry Deianira. Later the centaur Nessus, tried to abduct Deinaria, and Hercules shot him with a poisoned arrow. The dying Nessus told Deinaria to keep his blood because it would always preserve Hercules’ love. Deinara later soaked a cloak in Nessus’ blood and sent it to Hercules. It poisoned Hercules who was taken to Olympus and endowed with immortality after death.

Actaeon and Artemis

Actaeon was the 17 year old boy who was hunting in the woods with his 50 hounds when he saw the beautiful goddess Artemis aka Diana bathing naked. Artemis’ companions tried to cover her body at the sight of Actaeon, but she herself threw water on his face. Where the water hit his face, horns grew on Actaeon and he became a stag. His own dogs chased him down and tore him to shreds. This is where sparagmos, the tearing of live flesh, comes into myth. The hunter becomes the hunted

group presentations

I will have to admit I was pretty wary of the big groups at the beginning. I am a Business student and already have groups in all of my other classes. This means I have group meetings several times a week as well as presentations. I think that the groups were too big, even thought the class is large. It was very difficult to get all 7 members together at the same time. Eventually (after some pushing) we accomplished it and everything worked out alright. I think we were lucky in our group for the most part. Almost everyone did their part and we became friends. Everyone got along and came to compromises, which is hard to do. Overall, I had a good experience with my group, learned quite a bit, and gained some new friends.

Trickster Group Presentations

Group #2- The Seven Great Deeds of Maui (Oceanic region of Asia/Hawaii)
Group #3- Greeks- Prometheus
Group #4- Maylasian- Pa Pandir/Daddy Moron
Group #5- The Raven Steals the Light (Californian/Alaska)- The Raven
Group #6- Why We Tell Stories about the Spider- Annanu
Ajapa, Aja the dog and the yams

Trickster Characteristics:
lazy
greedy
proud
gullible
cowardly
hungry
victim of own mindlessness

Trickster Presentations

Trickster Story

The Treasure of the Gods, the Norse Iceland Story.

(Intro)Loki the Norse Trickster is and opportunist and trouble maker of the first order. Like his cousin Coyote, he is a shape shifter which means he can transform into any disguise he wants. Loki isn't fun loving or warm he exhibits sinsiter, psychic cravings. He excercises power to gain advantage, craves authority, and embodies everyone's soul for their potential destruction. Much of his mischeif is motivated by his hatred for Aesir, the Norse war gods, especially Thor. His actions are aimed to hurt and publicly humilate Thor, even when publicly humliating himself. He finds comfort in bringing pain to his enemies. Loki reflects the sardonic wit that pervades the Eddas.

Loki entered the locked bedroom of Thor's wife Sif. Smiling to himself, he pulled out a knife and moved towards her. He raised the knife and cut off Sif's shinny hair as she slept. Sif doesn't wake up during this attack. As Loki is escaping, Thor grabs him by the neck and demands answers. Loki exclaims " it was only a joke!" Thor, not happy demands Loki do something about Sif's missing hair. Loki says he will get help from the dwarfs and replace it. If he doesn't Thor threathens, "Or else I will smash every bone in your body."

Loki went immediately to the dwarfs, the sons of Invaild, and tricks them making gifts for the gods in the form of golden hair. He doesn't tell of the story of his evil ways, but promises the thanks of Sif and Thor and the friendship of the gods for these gifts. He says he will repay the dwarfs. The dwarfs make the gifts just to please the gods. The two dwarfs wave long threads of gold and cast spells on them to make them magical. They give them to Loki and exclaim "We can please the gods at no further expense."

Before the furnaces lost their heat, the dwarfs made a marvelous ship for the god Fryer called Skidladnir, and made a spear called Gungnir for Odin. With these gifts Loki departed for the gods castle in the magical ship, but ever plotting, he stopped by the hall of Brokk and Eitri. Here he shows the gifts of the dwarfs and praises their craftmanship. He doubts that Brokk and Eitri can make such beautiful gifts, which angers the dwarfs. He taunts them by claiming "I'll stake my head that your brother can't forge treasures the likes of these." Angered and motivated, Brokk and his brother begin the work on their gifts. Eitri says to Brokk, "Whatever happens keep pumping until I pull this treasure out of the forge." While Brokk was pumping and Loki supposedly waiting outside, Loki transforms into a fly and stings Brokk on the neck trying to stop his pumping. Brokk keeps going until Loki repeatedly stings him on the neck and then in between his eyes, blinding him with blood. Brokk stops pumping for a moment to bat the fly away and wipe off his eyes. Loki returns to his waiting place.

Brokk and his brother show the gifts to Loki. Eitri says "Take this hammer, this ring, and this boar and tell the gods the mysteries of these treasures". Brokk and Loki set off in the ship for Asgard to see the gods and present their treasures. Loki presents the treasures of the sons of Invaild and demonstrated their magical power. He presents the third gift to Sif, a skeim of flowing golden hair. Loki says" As soon as you lift this to your head, it will take root and grow. You'll be no less beautiful then you were before. " Sif raises it to her head and it magically attaches.

Brokk now present his gifts to the gods. He also has three and the third and best goes to Thor. It is the hammer Mjollnir. This hammer is unbreakable and will always return to the hand after being thrown. Thor likes this gift best because it alone can protect the gods from the giants. The gods decide that Brokk's gifts are better and declare Brokk the winner. Brokk then shrieks "Loki's head is mine." Loki offers his head's weight in gold, but they decline. Loki runs off, yelling "Catch me if you can." Thor steps in to help Brokk catch him and drags him back. Loki outsmarts Brokk by saying "You claimed my head, but not any part of my neck." Brokk then decides to sew the Trickster's mouth shut and grab his brother's awl. Loki ran out of the hall and ripped out the thread yelping in pain. He began to dream of revenge and slowly his lips curled into a twisted smile.

Quiz #2

I felt I got more out of the second quiz, got a better grade, and understood the material much better. I think this came from the fact of knowing what you would be asking and our student input of the questions. I think the second quiz was more successful and I learned more from it and the accompanying material.

Quiz #2 Study Info

Female Divine
Male Divine
Handout on archetypes
Group presentations
Calasso, Ch 3-4

4 archetypes of women (female divine)
elementary +/- + nourishing mother, - devouring mother
transformative +/- + wisdom, sophia, - temptress

Freud's divison of psyche- triparte: ego, id, superego-----personal consciousness, collective unconsciousness

Stories that relate to all dimensions of reality (gods/goddesses for each direction)

Joseph Cambell- dream is a personalized myth, myth is a depersonalized dream

transpersonal= collective myth, about everyone

3 parts of myth: beginning, middles, ends- middles is constant warfare b/w men and women

Eleusis- mysteries, celebration of myth (Calasso, ch. 7) 3 things, something was: said, done, shown

Gnsotic story Monomyth- hero, Oedopis (great example)

Anache= goddess of necessity, mother of fates

Sparagmos=tearing of living flesh, torn to shreads- happens to everyone in end

Group Presentations:
Fire Goddess of Hawaii- cycle of destruction and life
White Buffalo Calf Woman- ceremonial pipe, culture bringer
Anna and Dimeuse- love story, erotic
Taste of Earth- dragon prince and goddess from heaven who tastes earth, first children
Kali Beheaded- traits of all 4 archetypes
Gnostics- original power in world, Sophia of wisdom

Calasso:
Demeter (her abduction) and Persephony
Coronis' story, crows black from the message
Heroes- Hercules and Theseus
Women's story=betrayal, heroes= abduction, like slaying monsters
Homeric Greeks (psychological aspect)
Ate= goddess of infatuation and ruin, You will never be anything unless you are infatuated and ruined.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Male Archetype (3/24)

Sky God= Zeus (name means sky/light)

Shamans- performances, stories, human being capable of traveling between the natural and supernatural worlds. "Shamanic ectasay stand outside your yourself, is the real old religion- universe is energy, what religion is for, ectasay experience give us faith in universe."

Problem of sons being born to gods- could overcome them. Why they used to eat children- Zeus solved this problem by eating the mother- he gives birth, by a chunk of his head, to daughter Athena.

Athena- blood fued in Greece, legal situation whether mother is more important than father, Apollo is lawyer, he argues you can't kill father because he is most important and carries the seed, mother only carries the baby. The vote is split and Athena casts final vote- chooses in favor of men because she is daddy's girl.

Zeus and Athena are extraverts- relate well to world, outgoing, thinking and sensation complex
Dionysis- god who is down (earth), Demeter- goddess of intuition, interior (both introverted)

Hero- male Heroine- female
Monomyth (p. 17 Joseph Cambell) Mythological hero lured from home, mother is a virgin, removed from mother and call to adventure, death sentence as a baby, defeats tests, gains rewards at the end, rescues princess, becomes king, sacred marriage or sexual union with goddess/god of world, reconciles with father, re-enters old palace, gains respect and admiration of people, but loses it in the end, is banished and dies a mysterious death.

3/22- Notes

Review of Female Archetype
Archetypal Psychology:
psyche- mind (soul)
every woman carries around several characters
different personalities, preferences
1) Monogamy- children, marriage, faithful to one man
2) independent woman- other important goals to achieve, marriage is unrealisitc
3) emotional intensity- new experiences, jump from one relationship to another
4) solitude and spirituality to be fullfilled

Athena= goddess of war (hero) competitive, independent
Aphrodite= goddess of love
Artemis= goddess of virginity, heart lonely huntress
Hera= joint partner, queen in power
Persephony= goddess of the dead
Demeter= mother of us all

Archetypes of Male

Archetypes of Male:
1) God figure- chief
2) Fathers and sons
3) Saviors and judges
4) Trickster
5) Lord of the Underworld

Daughters of Mineus- all work, no play
Dionysis came to bring them up the mountain to party, Maenads/Bacchae- name of woman, etheos, god is inside you/possesed by it.

Apollotis- decides to be a hippy, down to earth, organic, rides his own horse all day, follows Artemis, stays a virgin, wants nothing to do with women. Aphrodite's angry he doesn't want her, makes Apollotis' step mother fall in love with him, she accuses him of rape, his father's angry and wills the death of his own son. A bull from the sky scares his horse, he is dragged over rocks until he dies.

Myths are systems of huge elaborate stories, symbols which orient us to all dimensions of reality.

Myths are related to everything, we tend to relate ourselves to one more than another.

Up- Sky
(Zeus) Thinking function

In- Mind/Self Out- City
(Demeter) Intuition (Athena) Sensation

Down- Earth
(Dionysis) Feeling, nature

Themes and other notes (3/10)

Stories of: life, death, war, love

Once you taste the earth, you can't go back.- main gnostic theme

Prognostication= prognosis (doctor) Pro means knowledge
Gnosticism- single rival to the orthodox christian religion, lost until 2 manuscripts were found in a cave, a key archaeological find in Egypt.

Problems with gnostics: women in power, Sophia female is wisdom, the snake is good because he gave us knowledge.

Eleusis- city in Greece where they perform old mythological stories, ritual performed dealing with Demeter and Persephony.

Kali- so perfect she was beheaded, put back together and never happy again, she encompassed all types of the archetypal feminine.

Female Divine Review

Actaeon- 17 year old male hunting who sees goddess Diana bathing naked. Diana is the model of female beauty. Actaeon stops and looks at her, while her maidens try to cover her naked body, Diana takes care of it herself and throws water on his face. Where the water hits his face, horns start to grow. Actaeon begins a metamorphosis into a stag. Then his dogs chase him down and eat him alive, tearing him to shreds, bringing about sparagmos to mythology. Here the hunter becomes the hunted.
Another example is Medusa, the beautiful woman whose head was part snake. Everytime someone looked at her, they were turned to stone.
The real problem here is the way you look at somethings and how you see them.

Three other boys who tried to see Diana, the fertility goddess with many breasts, were struck dumb when they tried to speak of it.

Spring Break- 3/12- 3/20

My spring break trip occured in a very mythological place, Las Vegas, Nevada. Two of my friends and myself drove down to Vegas for our vacation. The trip itself was a journey, starting with an early morning, or late night, departure met with a snow storm soon after. Luckily, the weather the rest of the way was much better and we ended up making better time. We stopped in Salt Lake City for lunch and saw the mythological, or more religious control over the city. The Mormons ran and owned almost everything in the city, including the laws. However, the mountains there were amazing and now I want to go back and ski. We continued our trip to Nevada and came into the city at night with all the lights glaring and lighting up the sky. It was truely a sight to see. As tired as we were from being in the car all day, we of course went out our first night there! Vegas was unbelievably fun. We had great weather, fun nights, cold drinks, and hot sun. It was an awesome spring break. Dionysis was definetly persuading us. On the trip back we stopped in Arizona at my friend's ranch. The land out there was beautiful also. But the trip was back was anything but glamorous. I think the gods were messing with my head. One of our friends was a nazi on the way back and we got stock in another snow storm in Yellowstone. We were in the car almost 20 hours! Besides some of the setbacks, it was a great trip.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

My Mythology (3/10)

We have been talking in class about how everything can be seen as mythological. As I was skiing down the slopes the other day, I thought about how skiing is mythological. Even the movements you make bring together everything in your mind and body. I always find my mind wandering everywhere while I'm skiing. It's my time to think about things and often I think about how things came to be and how beautiful the mountains are. I think it's the surroundings that really get to me. That's why I love it here and have a huge smile on my face while I'm skiing.

Female Divine Presentations (3/3)

I really enjoyed the female divine presentations. As a whole, they were much better than the first ones. Everyone integrated a skit along with explanations of the story, culture, and meanings. It was an easy way to gain the knowledge of the stories and be entertained at the same time. I was also able to better understand the stories this time through the presentations. I thought our skit went very well with understandable narration and visual actions. We did the Fire Goddess. This is the story of the original Hawaiian people. Pele, the Fire Goddess, was a goddess of death and destruction. She would burn the fields with her volcanoes and ash, but the remaining earth would become fertile and bring new life. Her spirit body meets the Prince, who she later sends her sister to fetch, but he has killed himself in desperation for the goddess. Hiaka, Pele's sister, brings him back to life, but disobeys her sister when she sees Pele broke their promise of not destroying her friend and the lehua trees. Enraged, Pele has the Prince destroyed again, but then when she hears the story she has him revived once again. Now Pele has softened and not so much destruction is seen in Hawaii.

Google Terms: Jung (3/1)

When I googled archetypal feminine, I came up with a lot of syllabi and some links to different psychologists pages and works. One on Jung explained the female archetype and how men pick up on these characteristics also. The Anima is the personification of all feminine psychological tendencies within a man, the archetypal feminine symbolism within a man's unconscious. The Animus is the personification of all masculine psychological tendencies within a woman, the archetypal masculine symbolism within a woman's unconscious. This goes along with what I am guessing we will be discussing on the male archetype. When googling collective unconsciousness, Jung's name comes up again and again. Jung believed that people are motivated by a more general psychological energy that pushes them to achieve psychological growth, self-realization., psychic wholeness and harmony. Also, unlike Freud, he believed that personality continues to develop throughout the lifespan. From these observations, Jung developed his theory of the collective unconscious and the archetypes. In his studies, Jung found the universality of many themes, patterns, stories and images. For Jung, archetypes pre-exist in the collective unconscious of humanity. They repeat themselves eternally in the psyches of human beings and they determine how we both perceive and behave. He is the reason students like us can study and understand these themes and ideas.

Quiz 1

I was a little suprised at the detail on some of the questions on the first quiz, but it did include what we covered as a class. I guess it was a good representation of the next quiz and material needed. I was suprised by the lack of questions from Calasso and myth, the way we are, or the way we were.

Dioynsis (2/17)

To me, Dioynsis is a very intriguing character/god. I enjoy reading his adventures and conquests. Sometimes its hard to keep track of the messes he gets himself into or the animals he trasforms into.

Valentine's Day (2/15)

So everyone always gets hyped and disappointed for Valentine's Day, but now-a-days I think the holiday is too commercialized. I know and like the story of St. Valentine and Cupid and all of that, but sometimes Valentine's Day is just a disappointment. Read this guys. Not to be bias, but most of the time guys aren't romantic enough or thoughtful to pick up on the marketing and hype that companies and society put on V-Day. It should be a day to tell the person(s) you love how much you care about them, and to what degree you do that is entirely up to you. I think too much pressure, and not a lot of thought, is put into the holiday. Anyways, that was my rant about Valentine's Day and Cupid's mythological day. I personally had a bad day.

My Mom (2/8)

Now that we're getting into female divine stories, I was thinking of where my mom and other female characters in my life fit in. My mom would have to be in the category of positive elementary, the nurturing mother. Sometimes she tends to be more of the negative elementary type when she is overwhelming and overbearing. I guess my Grandmother might be in that category more than my Mom. I think that like some of the goddesses in these stories, every woman can possess all of the archetypal traits. A good combination of all of them would make a "complete" woman.

Our creation story (2/10)

I thought our creation story went well and our skit turned out to be entertaining and educating. (We were group 1 with Amma and Nummo). I really like this way of learning the material. It's easier and more fun to watch others perform and learn visually.

Rushdie Presentation

I thought Salmon Rushdie presented a very entertaining and some what controversal speech. Personally, I had never really heard about him or read any of his books, but was interested in hearing what he had to say. I was a little suprised on how out-spoken he was, especially after he had to hide for his deliberate words, but at the same time I respected him for his honesty and bravery. He is radical in some of his beliefs (especially towards free speech), but portrays them in a very unique way. After his talk, I am interested in reading some of his books. I liked when he said his goal was to "open the universe a little more." That actions are made by taking risks. His risks were obviously worth it. I also thought the way he explained that simple people's lives are extroadinary and there are no ordinary lives like we pretend was cool. Authors want to tell our stories. I did disagree with Rushdie in the fact that he is an athiest (I am Catholic) and hated the Divinci Code and I support George Bush, he is our president after all. However, I do believe that people should keep their freedom of speech.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

My choice of music

In class today we were talking about how music is mythological and how it entrances us. I totally believe this. Music is a big part of my life and puts me in various moods. My favorite band is Phish. They are a jam band that plays a mix of everything from rock to blue-grass. I love their music and can be completely engrossed in it. Unfortunately, they broke up this summer, but I did get to see part of their last tour. One of my favorite songs, Down with Disease, goes a little something like this...."Waiting for the time when I can finally say, this has all been wonderful, but now I'm on my way. When I think it's time to leave it all behind, try to find a way to, but there's nothing I can say to make it stop...." This kind of sums up their departure, even though it is an older song. Call it foreshadowing, a vision, or whatever you please. I relate this song to the point of my life I think I have come to. Well, now I have it in my head and need to go listen to it. I will say this, no matter what genre or band you like, nothing is better than live music.

Creation Skits

I thought the group presentations in class were very well done and entertaining. It was a fun way to learn the material instead of simply reading the stories. Each person brought a special something to the table and made their story come to life. However strange and confusing some of these creation stories seem to be, other people believe(d) in these traditions. To me, some of these ideas are ridiculous, but understandable if you look at them in a mythological way, not literally. Who's to say that others around the world don't think that our creation stories are crazy or unreasonable? That's all I have for right now....

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

My first memory

My first memory happened when I was just under 3 years old when my little brother was born. I was so excited to be a big sister and have someone to play with. (I am the oldest) My Dad took me to the hospital to see my little brother, but I had wanted a sister, not a brother! My parents named him William, he goes by Billy, after my Dad. Because I insisted on a little sister at the time, I called him Willamina, a girl's form of his name. My brother had jaundice (sp?) so he had to be put under these lights in the hospital for a couple of days or something. Well when my Dad brought me home I put my babydoll in the box it came from next to the TV (it was on, giving off a light) to put my baby under the lights like my little brother. There's my first memory. Not really a painful one, more humorous. And I don't mind having a brother now. I guess I quickly got over that concern.

Creation Stories

I was thinking about the different creation stories after class and how different each one seems. It seem kind of like different faiths and how it is sometimes odd what others believe. I am most familiar with and I guess side with the Hebrew creation story of Adam and Eve. I have been raised Catholic and attended Catholic (private) school all the way up to high school. So I have learned through many religion classes what my religion believes on how God created the earth and man. My group's section is the first creation story of Amma and Nummo from Nigeria (Africa). While some parts are similar (man from clay), I find that fact that Amma, the god, had sex with mother earth odd and weird that the first ancestors of man were both male and female (had both parts) and could reproduce on their own. I do find it interesting to read and try to understand/interpret what others believe, or just their myths from tradition. Even though some myths are obviously made up or just exaggerated real events, I think it puts a little something extra into our lives, a little edge, mystery, or perhaps even magic. Anyways, that's my take.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Santa Claus is not real

I first heard a rumor that Santa Claus wasn't real from my friend at school. I can't remember exactly how old I was, but I was around 9 or 10. A friend of mine had an older brother and he told her Santa Claus was not real. She told me at school and I didn't believe her at first. I went home to my parents and asked them. They denied it and kept saying, "if you don't believe, Santa won't come." I was sceptical at first, but after I had decided it really was my parents, and they stopped trying to cover it up, I kept the secret so my little brother's christmas wouldn't be ruined and his fairytale could live on for awhile longer. So I denied it to him at first, until he also knew. To this day, my mom still writes on presents from Santa in squiggly lines. When I got older I watched to see if some of those presents were ones I knew about. She still tries to surprise us with Santa presents. And I do think I will also do that because it is a good tradition.