Why do we call some religions "mythologies"?
Why do we call some religions “mythologies” (ancient Greek, Norse, Egyptian, etc.) and others religions? Is this fair? What does this show about how relevant certain ideas are as society progresses?
I believe these are ones after gods of the stars or plants and really sort of cartoonish. Some had gods of everything...at one time! The tall tales they have to go with them too! I am certainly glad we can see it as myths. All we need is more cans of worms.
I guess they call them mythologies because they are no longer relevant. No one believes in them anymore and a religion is only as strong as it's fallowers. If no one believes in something it's not seen as a truth or a fact.
I think it is because it makes people who do this feel morally superior to demote the religions of others as "mythology".
All religion is supported by mythology or legend. That is what their relative texts are.
I am reading "Don't Know Much About Mythology" by Davis, they go through all religions and societies based on religion and the common thread of all the major mythologies, legends, religions....good, in depth read.
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