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Eliade Primitive

Posted by Pat | Posted in News | Posted on 11-10-2014

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Although we live in the age of science, our time feeds – reluctantly-, myths, and so as during centuries are said that we are rational animals, with the same right we can say that the man is a mythical animal, or who need them in order to live. Thus, without the myths of progress or of the revolution, not had been given nor modern revolutions, nor that transformations since the 18th century, to level socio-political, economic, religious and cultural have shocked the planet. The myth is a narrative form of specifically archaic and that speaks of the once upon a time, or those old days. Malinowski sees in the myth, a symbolic expression, a form of primitive knowledge that attempts to explain the experimental reality. For Eliade myth is a role model not only of the order in the world, but especially all the rites and all essential man’s activities.The myth is a derivation of the cult, and expresses what once happened mainly and still continues to occur: the event of salvation. For the primitive, the fact which occurred long ago presents vividly as a real event that it behaves itself all the essence communicated in the past.

The myth speaks of the archetypal and what is valid at any time. A mythical way is inconceivable without a reference to a ritual, because thanks to this, the present life is projected to the exemplary models of primitive times. The mythical universe is the universe itself repetition; in it, creation is conceived as a drama, the victory of the gods over the powers of the beginning is the conversion of chaos into cosmos. Eliade. But as the victory is not safe, there is need for repetition of the creative act through rituals, festivities, which prevents it becoming chaos. The distinction between myth and other archaic narrative forms, particularly Fables and legends, constituted an important element for the achievement of a precise and specific concept of the myth.

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