Entries by Craig Chalquist

Quotations About Myth and Story

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, […]

Myth, Legend, Folklore Defined

In many ways the history of these definitions has been a history of trying to ward off the numinous, life-changing power of the stories themselves. For instance, myth as a set of binary codes; as tribal “superstitions”; as blurred historic accounts of actual people (“euhemerism”); as enforced ideologies of gender or power; as anything less […]

What Use Is Mythology?

This question could only come up in a culture that has forgotten the value of sacred stories. A culture that insists its stories must always be testable, with measurable facts rather than instructive and colorful fictions, has gone dangerously far toward losing its imagination. In the movie Contact, scientist Elie Arroway implies that the planet […]