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Atenea (Concepción)

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OYANEDER JARA, Patricio. Aproximación  al mito. Atenea (Concepc.) [online]. 2003, n.487, pp.93-101. ISSN 0718-0462.

We propose to understand "myth" as a "true narration", accepted as such by those who "live" the myth, by those who "feel" it as true. Its function is to provide a foundation for men and women, a set of reference points that will permit them to guide their lives, to understand reality and understand themselves within this reality. The archaic myths narrate a religious story; but not all myths are religious. Myths change over time. In different moments of history there are dominant myths. To articulate myths grants power. When the "great myths" disappear, their place is occupied by others of a minor tone, that -for want of anything else- continue to guide the individual. Today in our nation we lack myths that name a totality, we have only myths of globalization: democracy and the market. It is useful to recognize myths while at the same time recognizing that part of our judgement is based on those myths that sustain us

Palabras clave : Great myths; history; "true narration"; sense.

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