The essential theme behind mythology

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What is the primary archetype shared among religious mythologies?

Would you offer a legend of your own to improve on tradition?
 

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What is the primary archetype shared among religious mythologies?
I think there are many rather than a single archtype - but a key one is the 'hero' or 'heroine'. Joseph Campbell has written extensively on hero mythology.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

MonoMyth Chart of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey

http://www.jcf.org/about_jc.php [Broken]

"Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation..." (Joseph Campbell, Hero with a Thousand Faces)


Would you offer a legend of your own to improve on tradition?
No - I'm am too reality based.
 
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Joseph Campbell tells of a West African creation story where Man and Woman are tempted by Snake to eat from the fruit of the garden, under the auspices of God Unumbotte. Talk about convergent evolution!
 

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