Organization: Penn State University Date: Thursday, 5 Dec 1991 09:23:56 EST From: John A. Johnson
Message-ID: <91339.092356J5J@psuvm.psu.edu> Newsgroups: alt.mythology Subject: CHARTER: Purpose of alt.mythology (Was:Re: Hi. Why are we here? References: <1991Dec4.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <1991Dec4.email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Michelle Wiener) says: > >Just wondering what the purpose of this group is. For our own fictional >stories? Questions/discussions about Greek/Roman/Norse/Whathaveyou >mythology? Something else? All of the above? Do the King Arthur legends >count? All of the above. I take the blame for creating this new group. But the creation occured only after a month's discussion in which quite a few people expressed enthusiasm for such a group. The "charter" (a set of guidelines rather than a rigid set of requirements) of the group's purpose reads as as follows: Charter for alt.mythology "The purpose of this group is to promote insights into, and understanding of, human nature through the discussion of mythology, where mythology is defined as the metaphorical expression of the human psyche through symbols and images. While focusing primarily on myths expressed as oral or written stories, the group also welcomes material on dreams and on semiotics generally, as these areas may further our understanding of myths. The group welcomes articles written from any perspective, including, but not limited to, the anthropological, philological, etiological, ethnological, psychological, and personal viewpoints. The group encourages contributions from any frame of thought, including, but not limited to, ritualism, diffusionism, structuralism, parallelism, psychoanalysis, and culturalism." As you see, the group is open to a multitude of approaches to mythology. I would like to make one thing clear, though: This group is intended to be a forum for intellectual discussions of mythology, and not for religious proselytizing or flame-wars. Mythically yours, John A. Johnson (email@example.com) Penn State is not responsible for my behavior.