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Mythos and Logos

by Gus diZerega

Referring back to an earlier post, some people have suggested that Pagan ‘theology’ was through myths. In a sense this is true, but in a sense that I think is deeper, it is not. Perhaps this is because of how what we mean by ‘theology’ has evolved over the centuries.

When the Odyssey was an oral tradition, the myths were alive and meaningful in people’s experience. It is also significant that the Greek plays were just that, plays, and not treatises. The act of presenting them as plays was an important element in their power. A story teller or play can “cast a spell” on the audience rather differently than when we get drawn into reading even the most fascinating theological treatise. At least that’s true for me. Paganisms roots are oral for more than historical reasons

I think this is at least partly because plays and oral stories are experientially far richer even if not as rationally focused than when we re drawn into the printed text. Many scholars have suggested when the Odyssey was written down, it began to lose its spiritual power because reading is a very distancing activity compared to hearing a recital or seeing a play.

Read the original article at: A Pagans Blog on Beliefnet

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