Mr C gifted me with this Prayer Jar for mother's day. It was part of the Artists Among Us exhibit at Trinity Cathedral. The maker of this jar was explaining some of the imagery on the jar and brought up Joseph Campbell and myths.
I decided to do some online research and found this quote from Joseph Campbell regarding the function of myths.
There is so much about myths to be discovered in Campbell's writings. I better get started!!1 The first is the mystical function...realizing what a wonder the universe is, and what a wonder you are, and experiencing awe before this mystery...2 The second is a cosmological dimension, the dimension with which science is concerned--showing you what the shape of the universe is, but showing it in such a way that the mystery again comes through...3 The third function is the sociological one--supporting and validating a certain social order. And here's where the myths vary enormously from place to place...It is this sociological function of myth that has taken over in our world--and it is out of date...4 But there is a fourth function of myth, and this is the one that I think everyone must try today to relate to--and that is the pedagogical function, of how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances. Myths can teach you that.