I have always been fascinated by the Greek / Roman mythology, so full of adventures and stories that seem in one way or another bring a different point of view to our own times. The Gods were feeling entities, capable of amazing love and unequal hatered. Beasts reflecting our deepest fears and creatures able to inspire stories over the centuries have been at the core of their mythology which i can never get enough of.

The Norse mythology is another that holds a great deal of interest for me because of its unique take on many things. Odin foresaking his eye to see into the future, thus insuring that he would never be able to do it again. The rivalry between Loki and Thor and so many other legends such as Fenris and the rainbow bridge between Midgard and Asgard.

Third on my list are the oriental legends and myths which are as colourful and unique as the Norse ones and seem to have a certain poetic flow to them. Unique creatures and heros have made their mythology truly something wonderful to explore.

Whatever myths and legends are enjoyed though, the truth is that there is a great deal for us to learn from them. Those stories originated from a need to tell a story that had meaning to it, not just a reason to entertain others. That general idea is only a very recent one as society becomes increasingly bored with itself, seeking new ways to be happy with its own place in the universe. To truly enjoy a myth you have to look back to its origins and read it as it was meant to be told, not with the spin and effects given to them by Hollywood or over imaginative modern writers.
Falcran Falcran
41-45, M
4 Responses Nov 21, 2011

I absolutely adore Greek and Roman mythology. I've also gotten quite interested in Norse mythology as well. I do think it's quite beautiful and fasinating.

I began with the Greeks and Romans, too, when I was a kid. My Dad always wanted to get me into the Egyptian stuff, but my young mind was repulsed by some of it, and it wasn't until I began to study Joseph Campbell that I revisited it, and found its worth—and I fully agree with bytheway's comment.<br />
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I recently read Sir James Frazer's 'Folk-lore in the Old Testament,' and found a wealth of good stuff there (along with some annoying out-of-place politics). I'm Pagan, not Judao-Christian, but the Bible Myths still inform Western culture, and are better explained by Frazer than clerics, IMO.

I like those myths as well. I think they are not fiction, they are true on some la<x>yer of existence.

Wow, thanks for this! You've brought back so many fun memories of me growing up with myths and it's unique way of tales.. *googles mythology stories*