In our present world, the cosmological and the sociological functions have been taken away from us. Our image of the cosmos is totally different from the image expressed by the religious traditions in which we have been brought up.
Likewise, the social order today is totally different from what it was in the days when . . . → Read More: Today There is No Cosmological or Sociological Function
Finally, the fourth function of mythology is psychological. The myth must carry the individual through the stages of his life, from birth through maturity through senility to death. The mythology must do so in record with the social order of his group, the cosmos as understood by his group, and the monstrous mystery.
The second . . . → Read More: The Fourth Function of Mythology
The first is what I have called the mystical function: to waken and maintain in the individual a sense of awe and gratitude in relation to the mystery dimension of the universe, not so that he lives in fear of it, but so that he recognizes that he participates in it, since the mystery of . . . → Read More: The four functions served by a properly operating mythology