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Do old myths include a kernel of truth?

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    Posted: 26 Jul 2012 at 23:30
Some of the old written myths are partly true, or at least realistic when it concerns social interactions. As a contrast some well known fictional works have not the same degree of realistic interactions between characters.
 
Quote In a study published online today, 25 July, in the journal EPL (Europhysics Letters), Pádraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna from Coventry University performed detailed text analyses of the Iliad, the English poem, Beowulf, and the Irish epic, the Táin Bó Cuailnge.

They found that the interactions between the characters in all three myths were consistent with those seen in real-life social networks. Taking this further, the researchers compared the myths to four known works of fiction — Les Misérables, Richard III, Fellowship of the Ring, and Harry Potter — and found clear differences.

 
 
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I think that a lot of myths contain a little truth.
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True, especially in regard to the way secondary characters interact with each other.

For truthful fiction though I think  Les Misérables, Richard III, Fellowship of the Ring, and Harry Potter represent a particularly poor choice. Try Jane Austen, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck, Gottfried Keller. 
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I found an intuition of the modern geological sciences and theories y the ancient creation myths of the Mapuches. So, definitively, I believe there is some truth in the core of many myths.
 
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I remember hearing about the truth behind the Greek mythological creature, the cyclops. There was actually a common birth defect that shows children that were born with only 1 eye. The theory is that this birth defect had existed in the Ancient times (one case was the mythology of Posiedon's son, in the Odyssey by Homer), and the children were sent to a certain island to live with others of that defect.
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Yes, very much. One can also look at works like those by Joseph Campbell.

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