Mythology and Insects
The study of insects and other arthropods in mythology falls into the realm of cultural entomology. However, in order to approach this subject, it is necessary to understand what mythology is. Quite simply, mythology is the study of myths. One definition of a myth commonly used in everyday conversation is that a myth is something false or imaginary. This definition has nothing to do with mythology. As used in mythology, a myth is a story, presented as having actually occurred in a previous age, explaining the cosmological and supernatural traditions of a people, their gods, heroes, cultural traits, religious beliefs, etc. Mytho logy is also closely related to religion as exemplified by the saying, “One man’s religion is another man’s mythology.”
Myths in general may be categorized into certain types such as creation myths, emergence myths, etc., and this is also true of many insect myths. For example, the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy by a beetle is explained in a creation myth of...
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