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In this issue: What’s up with changing the gods to meet our needs, and who do we love to hate?

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9 Comments

  1. Anyone who wants to scuttle things that they enjoy like comics, or D&D, to conform to sociatal norms are a sad lot. I don’t think I will ever fully grow up.

  2. litanyofthieves on

    I really enjoyed the discussion of Mythology and I think that you guys hit the nail on the head: Mythology changes with the telling and the passing of time. Newer societies appropriate older societies’ cultural baggage, but they don’t just take it whole cloth, they cut bits and pieces that fit and pull and stretch and re-shape them to fit their existing culture, but those bits and pieces, though different, still shape what’s to come. Every mythology and iconography has this, and I think we continue it to the modern day, and one can definitely make the argument that comic books and fiction are forms of Mythology. (In fact I don’t see how you can make the argument they are NOT, especially comics with their convoluted continuity)

    We appropriate these things and remove them from their original context and give them new context. Even what we consider ancient tales like Herakles, or say Marduk and Tiamat, are actually themselves appropriated from pre-scriptural cultures who never left writings, where they may have been in a completely different context. And we’ll continue to do so. As Matthew said in a show a while back “A thousand years from now, people will think we worshipped a God called ‘USmail.'”

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