Why Does Man Create Myths?
Scientific American Mind
"Likely Story" by Klaus Manhart
Vol.16, Number 4, 2005
Man created myths to explain mysterious natural phenomena according to Manhart. He points out that scholars have traced the beginning of modern man about 40,000 years ago. He quotes Kate Wong from the June issue of Scientific American when she said that cave paintings and drawings showed that people believed that their paintings and drawings could influence natural forces.
Manhart also discusses Joseph Campbell , who said that different cultures vary in their approach but that they all contain:1. a myth about the nature of birth, the creation of the world and death. He also said that a myth tries to reconcile two opposing areas; like life and death or creation and destruction. What do you think about this theory? Does it go along with what you believed growing up?