Mythology and Folklore Around the World

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By Betty Boyd

Mythology and folklore have been around since first human existence.  There are tales and legends, especially Greek mythology. I learned about Greek mythology in school, but I found it difficult  to believe Zeus would send down a clap of thunder to correct one of his people.

While I was growing up, my parents would read to us from The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. These were my favorite stories. As I am writing this blog piece, I  want to go back and review some of those special stories I so enjoyed.

The first story is called The Angel.  It is about a young boy who is dying and has a plant that was forgotten. The Angel wanted to take this special plant up to heaven.  It reminds me that God sees all of us as special. God will never leave us and is always with us no matter what.

The next story is The Ugly Duckling. This is a quote from the end of the story,  “Then he felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wing; for he did not know what to do, he was so happy, and yet not at all proud. He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds”. This story helps me to realize that no matter what mistakes I have made that I too, have beauty given to me by God.

The story of Little Tiny or Thumbelina reminds of helping others.  In the story, Thumbelina helps an almost dead swallow. The bird befriends her and takes her to the land where she was meant to live.  Throughout the story is a thread where Thumbelina is always helping others, regardless of her circumstances, and she never gives up hope of one day finding the right place to live.  I am reminded that I too, must never give up and it is God’s time and not my time for when things will happen.

The final story is the Emperors New Clothes. This story taught me that I should always look beyond what a person is wearing,  to their character and values.  The people in the story did not want to face reality and tell the emperor the truth.  The Bible states, “The truth will set you free”.  I feel freer just knowing that truth is the right path.

Myths and folklore have a place in my life and have given me life lessons I need to heed and make a part of life.

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