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Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Divine Roles Across

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University of Phoenix Material 

Roles Across Cultures

Part I

Select one common divine role
that recurs in world mythology.

Possible options of divine roles include the following: father or
mother divinities, divinities of war, home or hearth divinities, divinities of
love, divinities of wisdom, divinities of medicine or health, divinities of the
wind, divinities of agriculture, divinities of the sky, ruler of all the gods,
and so on.

Identify the role in the title of
your table.

Select two myths, each from a
different culture, in which the divine role appears. Identify the divinity
names and cultures in columns A and B. 

Complete the table by answering each of the
five questions for both selected divinities.


Column A

Divinity Name: 

Culture of Origin:

Column B

Divinity Name:

Culture of Origin:

How is this
divinity portrayed? Describe the divinity’s role within the myth.

Is the
divinity male or female? What function does this gender play?

What are the
divinity’s attributes, such as divine powers or characteristics? What objects
does the divinity possess, such as a weapon or animal, that assist him or

Within the
myth of origin, how does this divinity compare with other divinities? How
does this divinity interact with or compare to divinities of the same gender
and to divinities of the opposite gender?

Identify one
character from contemporary culture that shares characteristics of each
divinity and explain why you chose each character. What real-life ideals does
this divine role represent? How attainable are these ideals?

Part II

Write a 150- to
350-word short essay addressing the following: Why do so many cultures have
divinities in similar roles?


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Create a 10- to 16-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint®
presentation with detailed speaker notes about a contemporary hero or heroine’s
quest. Refer to the University of Phoenix Material: Help With Microsoft®
PowerPoint® Assignments for additional help.

Pick a contemporary story in the form of a novel, movie, or
video game that is inspired by a mythological epic or journey of a hero’s
quest. Briefly describe the plight of the main character–the feat(s) he or she
must execute for the benefit of society in the face of challenges.

Identify the villain and describe his or her characteristics and
role in the hero’s quest.

Identify other archetypes within the story. Briefly describe these
roles in the hero’s quest.

Identify in detail each of the steps the hero takes in the quest:
initiation, separation, transformation, and return.

Research the mythological and cultural origins of the story. Explain
parallels between the myth(s) and the contemporary story it inspired.

Analyze any mythological symbolism, metaphors, and attributes
pertinent to the story. What real life elements might these items represent?

Explain the conflicts between personal desires and community
responsibility represented in the myth and the contemporary story. Relate these
to the conflicts and choices with which ordinary humans struggle. Explain why
these human conflicts retain relevance through the ages.

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Prepare a presentation about a vacation or a retreat to a sacred
place in mythology, for example, the Oracle at Delphi or the Mahabodhi Temple.
This place may or may not currently exist.

Create a 10- to 14-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint®
presentation with detailed speaker notes. The use of images is encouraged.

Include the following:

  • The mythological origins, history, and functions of the
  • Any sacred objects and attributes associated with the
    deities and mythological origins of this place, for example, Apollo’s
    snake and lyre or Buddha’s bodhi tree — Discuss the symbolism of these
    objects as used by contemporary people and cultures.
  • A comparison of this place to those that serve similar
    functions in other cultures, for example, mountain tops, temples, burial
    sites or memorials, and so on
  • The relevance of this place and these objects in
    contemporary culture — What significance do these places or things hold
    in the minds and emotions of the people? How do these places or things
    connect to mythological stories from that culture? What is the role of
    place and the associated objects?
  • The most important facts to know about the surrounding
    culture, and etiquette and dress to follow when visiting to this place —
    With what knowledge and experiences would you hope to return home?

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