Friday, July 14, 2006

Defining Mythology

A couple of weeks ago, I was in at Barnes and Noble looking for a copy of Greek Religion by Walter Burkert, having been advised to look in said section for it. I did not find it there, but I did find a bunch of books about the Harry Potter universe. Like, enough copies of at least one book that this isn't someone picking it up elsewhere, deciding they don't want it, and randomly dropping it wherever.

I was not thrilled. My initial thought was, "That's not mythology!" But it must be by someone's definition, or it wouldn't have been there. I'm having trouble seeing it, though.

So I thought this would be a good place to explore the subject. What does "mythology" mean to you?

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