Stories were first told to explain the phenomenons of the world. Stories were what science is now. Myths have taught man the primordial “stories” that have constituted him existentially; establish and justify all human conduct and activity. Mythology has helped shape culture since the beginning of our time.
Storytelling has great power and with great power comes..(you know what).
New stories are always needed because the world keeps changing. There is always a new context and it requires new ways of story telling and well, new stories.
Today, stories can be used as a means to educate people about the problems in our world. Problems that are very different from the one we had in the past. Stories and characters have the power to inform and make belief, a belief that would last longer than textbooks. If people (children?) were told to look at these world problems as characters (god and monsters), they would develop a cognitive behaviour that has certain morality towards these problems?
I want to begin my research by understanding the structure of myths (Joseph Campbell) and how stories work and impact people and children. Look at the classical structure of a story, de-construct it or jumble it up in tiny experiments. Look at classical children’s stories and collection of stories like Fairy tales and Jataka tales and Aesop’s Fables to understand their purpose and impacts.
This is where I would like to start to get lost from.