Comparative Mythology Essay Topics

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If your class is studying world religions and cultures, then examining comparative mythology is an important area of study. Use these essay topics to help students learn and write about comparative mythology.

Finding Common Themes

If students have read or heard about King Midas and his golden touch, Chinese dragons, or Pandora's box, then they've encountered myths. Every culture has myths that seek to explain parts of the human experience, nature, and cultural customs. When students learn and write about comparative mythology, they can understand the different ways in which scholars examine myths for common themes. Students can begin to understand the connectivity and similarities among diverse cultures as seen through their mythologies.

Let's look at some essay topics that can help students define comparative mythology, investigate the famous comparative mythologists, and examine the different theories of comparative mythology.

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