Archive

Posts Tagged ‘mythos’

Canon is Community Food

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

“A canon provides answers to the two basic questions of life – ‘who are we?’ and ‘what should we do?’ – in ever changing circumstances and situations” (Oxford Study Bible, page 94). In other words, canon is myth. No, it’s the literary or oral vehicle of myth, while myth is the story itself. And as long as we’re on definitions, let me add that mythos is the spirit, the ephemeral quality contained in the myth: the content within the content. Mythos is encapsulated in myth, and myth is both carried and stabilized in canon.

This makes me wonder: what is our – my – canon?

And the question following on its heels is, to which community do I belong? For canon is a community food.

Advertisements