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Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel! Nicole Sweeney teaches you sociology, Carrie Anne Philbin teaches you computer science, Craig Benzine teaches film history, and Mike Rugnetta is teaching mythology!

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Crash Course World Mythology Preview

What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1

Creation from the Void: Crash Course World Mythology #2

Cosmic Sexy Time, Eggs, Seeds, and Water: Crash Course World Mythology #3

Earth Mothers and Rebellious Sons - Creation Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #4

Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5

Humans and Nature and Creation: Crash Course World Mythology #6

Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7

Indian Pantheons: Crash Course World Mythology #8

The Greeks and Romans - Pantheons Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #9

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Crash Course World Mythology Preview

Crash Course Mythology with Mike Rugnetta is here, and we have the preview video to prove it. We'll be uploading Friday afternoons to fulfill all your hunger for foundational cultural stories and whatnot.

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What Is Myth? Crash Course World Mythology #1

Welcome to Crash Course World Mythology, our latest adventure (and this series may be literally adventurous) in education. Over the next 40 episodes or so, we and Mike Rugnetta are going to learn about the world by looking at the foundational stories of a bunch of different cultural traditions. We’re going to look at the ways that people’s stories define them, and the ways they shape their culture. We’re going to learn about gods, goddesses, heroes, and tricksters, and a lot more. We’re going to walk the blurry line between myth and religion, and we’re going to like it.

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Creation from the Void: Crash Course World Mythology #2

Today on Crash Course Mythology we’re starting in on creation stories. This week, we’ll focus on the creation of the universe out of nothing, or Ex Nihlio creation. Basically, a god decides to make a universe out of nothing. We’ll look at the Genesis story (which has nothing to do with Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins), a Mayan creation tale, a Kono story of the beginning, and we’ll even look at the Big Bang.

Sources:
The Oxford Companion to World Mythology by David Leeming - https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Companion-World-Mythology-Leeming/dp/0195387082

The Theogony of Hesiod translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White - http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hesiod/theogony.htm

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton and Barry Moser - https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Creation-Stories-Around-World/dp/0152387420

The World of Myth: An Anthology by David Leeming - https://www.amazon.com/World-Myth-David-Adams-Leeming/dp/1522694676


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Cosmic Sexy Time, Eggs, Seeds, and Water: Crash Course World Mythology #3

In which Mike teaches you about the creation of the universe, with sex. This week we're talking about creations stories from Egypt, West Africa, Greece, China, and Persia that have a lot in common with human sexual reproduction. And also some castration and puking, to boot. We've got your cosmic eggs, right here!

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Sources:
The World of Myth: An Anthology by David Leeming - https://www.amazon.com/World-Myth-David-Adams-Leeming/dp/1522694676

Satapatha Brahmana Part III (SBE41) translated by Julius Eggeling - http://sacred-texts.com/hin/sbr/sbe41/sbe4128.htm

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Earth Mothers and Rebellious Sons - Creation Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #4

So, we’re still talking about sex this week, but we’re talking about Earth Mothers and their children. We'll start with Gaia, and her son Kronos, who had a classic childhood rebellion, and castrated his father. We'll also get into Kronos’s son Zeus, who would go on to dethrone his father. We’ll talk about Norse mythology, too, and look at the family that created the world, and worked together to make people.

Sources:
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth by James E. Lovelock - https://www.amazon.com/Gaia-New-Look-Life-Earth/dp/0192862189

Fee and Leeming. “Gods, Heroes, and Kings: the Battle for Mythic Britain.” Quoted in Leeming, The World of Myth. Oxford U. Press 2014 pp. 32-33. - https://www.amazon.com/World-Myth-David-Adams-Leeming/dp/1522694676

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Social Orders and Creation Stories: Crash Course World Mythology #5

In which Mike Rugnetta sits you down for a little talk about myth as a way to construct or reinforce social orders. Specifically, we’re going to look today at stories from around the world that establish or amplify the idea that the errors of women have brought bad things into the world. We’re talking about the idea that death and disease and pain came into the world as a result of human (specifically woman human) action, and that men should therefore be considered superior to women. This idea, which on its face may sound a little out there to our modern ears, is persistent and pernicious. We’re interested in looking at the ways that stories make social orders. We’ll look at Abrahamic, Greek, and Japanese creation stories that have, over the millennia, served to push something of a social order agenda.

Sources:
Introduction to Mythology by Eva Thurry and Margaret Devinney - https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mythology-Contemporary-Approaches-Classical/dp/019985923X

World Mythology:

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Humans and Nature and Creation: Crash Course World Mythology #6

In which Mike Rugnetta brings you the final installation of our unit on creation myths. This week, we're talking about human beings and their relationship to the natural world. It turns out foundational stories have a lot to teach us about the ways in which people relate to the physical world around them, and the other organisms that inhabit that world. We'll talk about the Biblical idea that humans have dominion over animals, and we'll talk about Native American stories in which people and nature collaborate to create the world.

Sources:
We Didn't Domesticate Dogs, They Domesticated Us - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130302-dog-domestic-evolution-science-wolf-wolves-human/

Introduction to Mythology by Eva Thurry and Margaret Devinney - https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mythology-Contemporary-Approaches-Classical/dp/019985923X


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Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7

In which Mike Rugnetta begins our unit on pantheons, which are families of gods. We further define pantheons and talk about why they're important. Then, we discuss pantheons from the myths of the ancient Mediterranean, starting with ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia. The Egyptian pantheon brings us the story of Osiris and his envious brother Seth. We learn what these two pantheons suggest about the cultures where they originated.

Sources:
David Leeming, The World of Myth: An Anthology
Thury & Devinney, Introduction to Mythology.

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Indian Pantheons: Crash Course World Mythology #8

In which Mike Rugnetta continues our unit on pantheons with the complex Indian pantheon, focusing on stories that were written in Sanskrit. We start with a violent creation story. We talk about the concept of Brahman, and the personification as three deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Then, the goddess Durga teaches us how to behead a buffalo demon while riding a lion.

Sources:
Brockington, John, World Mythology, the Illustrated Guide.

Thanks to the following Patrons for their generous monthly contributions that help keep Crash Course free for everyone forever:

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The Greeks and Romans - Pantheons Part 3: Crash Course World Mythology #9

This week, we continue our look at various Pantheons, and Mike digs deep into the gods of the ancient Greeks. We're talking Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Artemis, Hephaestos, Ares, and Apollo. We're also talking Jupiter, Juno, Neptune, Pluto, Diana, Vulcan, Mars, and...Apollo. Similar gods, different names. We'll start with the origin stories of the gods, talk about their family relationships, and what exactly their specialties are.

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Our Sources:

Thurry and Devinney: Introduction to Mythology

David Leeming: World of Myth: An anthology

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