Mudcat Café message #3541792
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Thread #150459 Message #3541792
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
25-Jul-13 - 10:26 PM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
pete, You may want to read "The Hero" By Lord Raglan 1956. He makes the point that nearly all mythic heros, including religious leaders and high order prophets such as Moses, Jesus, Buddha and Krishna have many similarities in their bios.
I think it is just the way stories of spiritual significance are told.
Her are some of the characteristics.
BIOGRAPHY OF A HERO
From Lord Raglan's The Hero
, New York, 1956:
The Story of the Hero of Tradition
1. His mother is a royal virgin
2. His father is a king, and
3. Often a near relative of his mother, but
4. The circumstances of his conception are unusual, and
5. He is reputed to be the son of a god.
6. At birth a attempt is made, often by his father, to kill him, but
7. He is spirited away, and
8. Reared by foster parents in a far country.
9. We are told nothing of his childhood, but
10. On reaching manhood he returns or goes to his future kingdom.
11. After a victory over the king and/or a giant, dragon, or wild beast,
12. He marries a princess, often the daughter of his predecessor, and
13. Becomes king.
14. For a time he reigns uneventfully, and
15. Prescribes laws, but
16. Later he loses favor with the gods and/or his subjects, and
17. Is driven from the throne and city.
18. He meets with a mysterious death,
19. Often at the top of a hill,
20. His children, if any, do not succeed him.
21. His body is not buried, but nevertheless
22. He has one or more holy sepulchers.