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HUM 105 Week 1 Foundations of Mythology

Resources: Week 1 Readings and activities, University Library, Internet

This week was an introduction to mythology and how it is viewed in popular culture and academically. The activities this week have focused on myths in different cultures around the world. In this assignment you will share what you learned.

Write a 600- to 875-word paper in which you answer the following questions:




How is the word myth used in popular culture? For example, what does the statement, “It’s a myth” mean? In contrast, how is the word myth used in the academic context? After considering the definition in your textbooks and course materials, write a definition in your own words.


What are the most common mythological themes across different cultures?


Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Do we see these same themes in today’s myths? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of humankind.


Include citations and references throughout your paper. APA formatting is preferred but not required.

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HUM 105 Week 2 Cosmic Creation Myths Across Cultures

Resources: Week 2 Readings and activities, University Library, Internet

The readings and activities this week were about the creation myths of various cultures. In one activity you discussed similarities and differences of the myths. Now it is time to write about two creation myths you learned about this week.

Select at least two creation myths from two different cultures. For ideas, refer to this week’s readings and the myths section of the Big Myths website for animated presentations of many creation myths.

Write a 600- to 875-word paper about your selected creation myths. Include answers to at least two of the following questions in your paper:




Which world or worlds, such as sky, earth, and underworld, are represented in the myths you chose? What are the elements of these worlds?


Describe the creators. Are the creators male or female, and of what significance is gender? Describe what they created, including the steps or cycles of creation. Include descriptions of any destroyers or destruction if applicable.


Why is there such a focus on cosmic occurrences or natural phenomena like stars, moons, floods, rain, etc.?


Compare the creators, creations, the steps or cycle of creation, and the cosmic elements of the two myths. What are the similarities and differences?


Why do you think cosmic or creation myths are important to a culture? How do they shape a culture’s view of the world?


Include citations and references throughout your paper. APA formatting is preferred but not required.

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HUM 105 Week 3 Divine Roles Across Cultures

Resources: Divine Roles Across Cultures Worksheet, Week 3 readings, University Library, Internet

This week you learned about the divinities and how they compare in different cultures. As you complete this assignment research and discuss common divine roles from world mythology.

Complete the Divine Roles Across Cultures worksheet.

Include citations and references throughout your assignment. APA formatting is preferred but not required.

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Divine Roles Across Cultures


Complete Parts 1 and 2 below.


Part I


Select one common divine role that recurs in world mythology. Possible options of divine roles include the following: father or mother divinities, divinities of war, home or hearth divinities, divinities of love, divinities of wisdom, divinities of medicine or health, divinities of the wind, divinities of agriculture, divinities of the sky, ruler of all the gods, and so on.


Identify the role in the title of your table.


Select two myths, each from a different culture, in which the divine role appears. Identify the divinity names and cultures in columns A and B.


Complete the table by answering each of the five questions for both selected divinities.





































































Column A 

Divinity Name:

Culture of Origin:
Column B 

Divinity Name:

Culture of Origin:
1.       How is this divinity portrayed? Describe the divinity’s role within the myth.
2.       Is the divinity male or female? What function does this gender play?
3.       What are the divinity’s attributes, such as divine powers or characteristics? What objects does the divinity possess, such as a weapon or animal, that assist him or her?
4.       Within the myth of origin, how does this divinity compare with other divinities? How does this divinity interact with or compare to divinities of the same gender and to divinities of the opposite gender?
5.      Identify one character from contemporary culture that shares characteristics of each divinity, and explain why you chose each character. What real-life ideals does this divine role represent? How attainable are these ideals?


Part II


Write a 150- to 350-word short essay addressing the following: Why do so many cultures have divinities in similar roles?




HUM 105 Week 4 Contemporary Hero’s Quest Presentation

Pick a contemporary story in the form of a novel, movie, or video game that is inspired by a mythological epic or hero’s quest.

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with detailed speaker notes about the contemporary hero’s or heroine’s quest. Refer to the University of Phoenix Material: Help With Microsoft® PowerPoint® Assignments for additional help. Include the following in your presentation:




Brief description of the plight of the main character–the feat(s) he or she must execute for the benefit of society in the face of challenges


The villain, his or her characteristics, and role in the hero’s quest


Other archetypes within the story and a brief description of their roles in the hero’s quest


Detailed description of each stage of the hero’s quest: initiation, separation, transformation, and return


Research about the mythological and cultural origins of the story; explain parallels between the myth(s) and the contemporary story it inspired


Analysis of any mythological symbolism, metaphors, and attributes pertinent to the story. What real life elements might these items represent?


Explanation of the conflicts between personal desires and community responsibility represented in the myth and the contemporary story. Relate these to the conflicts and choices with which ordinary humans struggle. Explain why these human conflicts retain relevance through the ages.


Include citations and references throughout your assignment. APA formatting is preferred but not required.

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HUM 105 Week 5 Sacred Destination

Prepare a presentation about a sacred place in mythology. For example, the Oracle at Delphi or the Mahabodhi Temple. This place may or may not currently exist. Imagine this presentation is like a travel guidebook, letting someone from outside of the culture know what he or she should expect to find if they were to visit the mythical place.

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with detailed speaker notes. The use of images is encouraged. Include the following in your presentation:




An explanation of the mythological origins, history, and functions of the place


A description of any sacred objects and attributes associated with the deities and mythological origins of this place, and the symbolism of these objects as used by contemporary people and cultures 




For example, Apollo’s snake and lyre or Buddha’s bodhi tree




A comparison of this place to those that serve similar functions in other cultures 




For example, mountaintops, temples, burial sites or memorials, and so on




An explanation of the relevance of this place and these objects in contemporary culture. Consider the following questions: 




What significance do these places or things hold in the minds and emotions of the people?


How do these places or things connect to mythological stories from that culture?


What is the role of place and the associated objects?




A list of the most important facts to know about the surrounding culture, as well as etiquette and dress to follow when visiting, and, most importantly, what these details tell us about the culture that gave rise to the myth


Format your images, citations, and references according to APA guidelines.

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