I Love It

Mythology and History are two things I love! 

And of course I believe that every religion or system of beliefs has a bit of truth to it. Just that no one religion has all of the truth in it.

Where have I read that before? I believe in this but I'm sure those aren't my words. Sorry to whoever had the great idea first. I am having a scatterbrained day so I can't barely remember anything right now.

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3 Responses Oct 29, 2009

I agree with Womaninbliss. Joseph Campbell's works are wonderful sources for this study. <i>The Universal Myths</i> by Alexander Eliot is also a good one.

That's an interesting subject Endlessnight ... recommend you read some of Joseph Campbell's work ...

Don't apologize- wisdom and philosophy are things meant to be shared, reused, and expanded. A philosopher who jealously guards his thoughts ensures that his ideas die with him, and he is soon forgotten.<br />
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I agree that sagacity and veracity can be found in every legend and belief around the world. In fact, understanding others' conceptions of existence often endows us with greater insight into our own cultural and religious ideas. My personal beliefs are a combination of Neo-Druidism and Christianity because the ideas of both help me to understand the other better, and because, for me, they fit together to form a more complete comprehension of life.<br />
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Nonetheless, I have studied several theologies and philosophies other than my own, and found a number of similar notions. By doing so, I have found that one can often find parallel ideas in differing mythologies and religions. For example, the Hindu idea of a Universal Energy is extremely similar to the Druidic idea of Awan and the Christian idea of the Holy Spirit. All three describe a spiritual and energetic force that flow through and around everything, and which is a part of everything even as everything is a part of it. In fact, the only great difference is that the Holy Spirit is semi-personified.<br />
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Likewise, legends and lore from different cultures have parallel themes and archetypes- such as foxes, which are portrayed as tricksters in myths cultures as dissimilar as German, Native American and Japanese.<br />
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I think, in the end, every culture, myth and belief has a sliver of truth in it, and that those truths can be gathered and connected like puzzle pieces to build a clearer picture of the world. Life is a prodigious thing, and like a mountain or a palace, it is impossible to see it all from one side. Only by experiencing other points of view can a person gain a reasonably accurate image of the what the thing really is.