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The Significance of Myth in Ceremony Many people in our culture misunderstand the function of myth We typically assume that there are two kinds of narrative completely distinct from one another a journalistic compilation of facts all literally true and verifiable or stories spun by a fiction writer for the purpose of entertainment only Myth we assume falls resoundingly into the latter group While primitive and superstitious people may have once believed that the sun was pulled across the sky by a chariot we in our infinite scientific wisdom know that is not the reason that the sun appears to move in the sky when viewed from earth Therefore the myth is written off purely as a work of fiction and fantasy Indigenous peoples throughout the world however look at their myths and folktales in quite another way They recognize in them an explanation not for the way physical science works or history occurred but for the way their culture feels about itself Myths explain by analogy concepts that it would be difficult if not impossible to explain literally They do so in a way that bypasses the conscious analytical mind and heads straight for the heart technically the unconscious The stories are thus both emotionally and psychologically satisfying and can have a very therapeutic effect when an individuals spirit is sick When he feels in other words out of sync with the group that gives him his ultimate identity This is the situation in Leslie Marmon Silkos novel Ceremony The protagonist Tayo has suffered what we would consider a nervous breakdown as a result of traumas suffered in the war The trauma actually occurred because he was ordered to shoot enemy soldiers who seemed to him to bear the faces of his ancestors He is first sent to a Veterans hospital where he is diagnosed as suffering from battle fatigue and released with no real remedy He then returns home to his aunts house
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