Directions: Read below lecture, view videos/articles. Response should be between 300-400 words long and meet criteria outlined within lecture. MLA citations, in text and reference at end.
Myth and Gender
Symbolic Meanings of Gendered Beings
This week we explore symbolic meanings exhibited by mythic divine figures of various genders, such as female, male, transgender, bi-sexual, and asexual. The Week Four Learning Resources include articles and videos on the Female Divine and the Male Divine. Use also this additional resource, which provides important links to trans-gender mythic characters: LGBT Themes in World Myths. The following Learning Resource from Week One also has value as a summary: Introduction to Classical Mythology
Begin by watching the video lecture, “The World of the Goddess” by Marija Gimbutas [1:42:56] https://youtu.be/yU1bEmq_pf0 in which this brilliant archeologist discusses the holistic thinking of Neolithic Europeans who understood female divine (goddess) characters to be variously like humans, animals, natural objects, and inanimate objects. The insights of Gimbutas help us understand more broadly the symbolic nature of mythic characters, and their tendency to cross natural boundaries as well as to confound social categories.
In your key post, discuss THREE mythic characters–each of a different gender. Post an image of each of your three characters and identify each one by name, tradition (e.g. Norse, Chinese) and gender. Then, share something about the myths or rituals associated with each character with an emphasis on the symbolic meaning that the mythic characters convey.
Clearly label and explain your answers. Then respond to the postings of two other students. You key post should be between 300-400 words long. Each of your two responses should be between 150-200 words long. Initial posts are due by Thursday at 11:30 PM ET (Eastern Standard Time in the USA), and the two substantial responses to fellow classmates are due by the end of the week before the discussion locks on Sunday by 11:30 PM ET.