Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5

In which Mike Rugnetta sits you down for a little talk about myth as a way to construct or reinforce social orders. Specifically, we’re going to look today at stories from around the world that establish or amplify the idea that the errors of women have brought bad things into the world. We’re talking about the idea that death and disease and pain came into the world as a result of human (specifically woman human) action, and that men should therefore be considered superior to women. This idea, which on its face may sound a little out there to our modern ears, is persistent and pernicious. We’re interested in looking at the ways that stories make social orders. We’ll look at Abrahamic, Greek, and Japanese creation stories that have, over the millennia, served to push something of a social order agenda.

Sources:
Introduction to Mythology by Eva Thurry and Margaret Devinney – https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mythology-Contemporary-Approaches-Classical/dp/019985923X

World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide edited by Roy Willis – https://www.amazon.com/World-Mythology-Illustrated-Roy-Willis/dp/0195307526

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