Myth and Princess Mononoke Article Discussion
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Please use this discussion board to discuss the chapter from the textbook relating to myths.
Please post a 300-600 word response to the chapter on myths and the article about Princess Mononoke. In you response about myth, you might consider discussing the following:
-What is a myth, or how is it defined in this chapter? What point might they serve (euhemerism vs myth-ritual)?
-How can myths and folktales get confused?
-What is wrong with quickly labeling myths as fakelore?
-What does the text mean when it claims making distinctions between traditions that are not our own is artificial?
-How can myths be used to influence children? How might they be used to influence adults?
-How do invasions, colonizations, and other cultural mergers affect myths?
-What are your thoughts on the established myth index?
-What does polygenesis mean and why is it important?
-What is a collective unconscious?
-What are some branches of mythology and how might they apply to research papers?
For the article on the movie, consider the following:
-What is the thesis of this article and what makes it a narrow, argumentative claim instead of a reported statement?
-According to the claim, WHAT does the paper argue and WHY does that point matter?
-How is the article organized?
-How much summary does it give and where does it use the summary? Is this usage effective?
-How does this connect with the textbook or your own research?
-Who are the two main female characters in the movie and what do the represent according to this article?
-Do you agree with the article? Why or why not? Use clear evidence to explain.
-According to the article, what purpose does the movie Princess Mononoke serve for the current Japanese culture?
-Who is the author and can we trust her?
-What are some examples of information in this article as a primary source? What are examples of information that makes it a secondary source? How might using this article in your own research be affected?
-A few more questions can be found here
Then reply to two peers with about half a page to a page each discussing their findings and relating them to your own discussion
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