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Mythology

Mythology as such is a word with vast scope and to do justice to any explanation of this word remains difficult, particularly as it plays a central role in modern anthropology and education. It is a word close to the hearts' of priests and rulers and can be used not only in a religious context but also scientific. Mythology promotes evolution towards a scientific view and is a system of belief which can idealize modern philosophy with flawless modern utopianism. In it's


picture of mythical statue with halo effect

This is a picture from the mid eighties which was taken using cellular photography in a museum in Dubrovnik. At the time I thought it was a virtual miracle that this photo featured what looks like the halo actually glowing with light. With hindsight it was probably just a good combined shutter-speed/aperture and focal length on the camera capturing the sunlight in order to achieve this fascinating treatment.


simplest form it is the study of myths, however it is these myths which deserve a more radical understanding so that they can manifest themselves in our everyday life in some meaningful way. In folklore a myth is a sacred dialogue or story. One popular facet of mythology is Greek mythology which features a number of deities which are assigned different characteristics and one of the most original purveyors of this philosophy is, of course Homer. Even in Plato's ' The Republic' Homer is acknowledged as communicating the essential view of these Gods in terms of what they stand for and what sort of things they could do.

There are also other ways of thinking about myths. For example, a myth can be considered as a (i) god, (ii) super hero, (iii) human. It is interesting to note one of the final chapters of ‘The Republic' which states the role of art, paying attention particularly to the three forms of understanding, and it is meant as a charm for any self respecting artist. The first and most dominant form is proposed as God's form, i.e. the perfect and unequivocal idea embodied in a perfect blueprint, such as that of a bed. God's form of the bed is the most all encompassing. Secondly there is the manufacturer. This is a person who can make a bed, but it would be a particular bed, or a specific bed. The manufacturer could design the bed and make it, but it would be at a certain ' remove from reality' and would only reflect God's form in a more remote context. Thirdly, there is the artist's impression of the bed. This could be

Picture of mythical mermaid

visual art or narrative (poems etc.), however it is unclear how a piece of music could apply in this context unless it is a song, which would imply poetic license and therefore is considered as narrative, however the category would be the same. So if we think of the manufacturers design of a bed, with manufacturing complete, there it would be (which actually indicates it could be anywhere and in any condition and at any time) and the artist merely produces his/her representation of the bed including specifics of the design which become set. This representation is inherently flawed when compared to God's form. For one thing the visual artist would perhaps have to rely on trying to create the impression of three dimensions and would strive to make the representation as realistic as possible, but it would be at the next ' remove from reality ', one further than the manufacturer, thus it would be at the ' third remove from reality'.

If we can grasp this philosophy, and determine our own position in this scenario accurately enough, then perhaps there is room for one or two more mysterious modern myths and we could provide a proper place for art in general.