Exploring the Evolution of Myths

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Exploring the Evolution of Myths
What makes a culture truly unique? Can a culture be truly unique? In many cases, a culture incorporates elements from the cultures around it. It is a common occurrence for cultures to borrow particular elements from their neighbors. This is the case of several of the classical Mediterranean cultures, including the Minoan, Greek, and Roman traditions. As the cultures changed and merged with neighboring ones, there was a clear progression of ancient religious myths and mythical figures. Each culture added its own unique spin on much older figures and theological concepts; thus, Minoan, Greek, and Roman mythology portray a long development of religious ideology as it progressed through the millennia, changed...
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.....tion. Yet, the practices and stories remained incredibly similar.
There were a variety of differences that did separate the individual cultures, however. There are several major differences that separate the three mythologies.. First, Minoan culture was different from its two later counterparts in that it was centered more so on a goddess, rather than a god. A moon goddess was the primary figure of Minoan culture, whereas Zeus was the male figurehead of Greek and Roman tradition. In Minoan culture, the moon-priestesses were one of the more powerful members of Minoan society, because of their strong connection with the moon goddess (Pelon, 2003). Archeological evidence coming from places like Knossos and other areas around Crete suggest that