Part 1 – The Hero’s Adventure
This episode describes the significance of heroes. The message is to encourage the audience to discover what excites them and to make it the basis their life. Heroes exist in different aspects of our day-to-day lives. For instance, almost every story has a hero. Consequently, there exist two types of heroes. The two types of heroes are; physical heroes and spiritual heroes. Physical heroes take part in actions which are aimed at benefitting others. On the other hand, spiritual heroes mostly fight psychologically with ideas that benefit others. The common aspect about heroes is that they sacrifice for the benefit of others. The concept of sacrifice has been described as existing in our daily lives. For instance, the episode gives an example of a 14 years old boy who sacrifices his childhood to be an adult. The objective of heroism is of saving a person, people or idea by sacrificing something else. Thus, one should be willing to sacrifice for what excites him/ her.
Part 2 – The Message of the Myth
The episode has described myths are bits of information from the ancient times with the certain level of truth. Myths have different senses of truth. They have themes which have supported human life, built civilizations, and informed religion. Myths are not about the search for the meaning of life but seeking an experience of being alive. They can be described as clues to the spiritual potential of the human life.
The episode further compares creation myths from the Bible and elsewhere. The results show that there are many myths in religions. Despite them being many they have some common attributes. The use of forbidden truth is common to most of them. The use of snake for most of them shows the power to throw off the past and continue to live. Myths in religion show the desire by human beings to understand and explain the significance of their existence.
Part 3 – The First Storytellers
The fundamental message in this scene is the importance of old myths about the life today. It clarifies how the antiquated myths bring people to comprehend and acknowledge birth, growth, and demise. The old myths by the storytellers assumed a vital part in influencing individuals to comprehend the puzzle of life and death. The old myths associated the body and mind. The episode buts more emphasis on the significance of first storytellers in bringing consciousness. Several ancient stories have been used to illustrate this point. Giving an example, the myth of the hunter explains death and life after death. The animal dies and becomes food to the hunter. It was one of the earliest myths showing hope of resurrection in the sense that one’s death can mean the resurrection of something else. Another story used is the story about the buffalo. When the animal dies, it provides food. People thank the animal for providing food. It shows the benefit of Buffalo’s death.
Part 4 – Sacrifice and Bliss
This episode describes the significance of ancient sacrifice in our modern life. It has used several mythical stories. The favorite one is the story of the father killing the bird that depicts conservation of nature. After killing the bird, the father died. He could not sacrifice anything to feed it. Killing the bird is like destroying the environment. Traditionally, people had sacred places which were conserved. In the modern day conservation of the environment is key.
The basketball story shows sacrifice in modern life. It is about Jesuits’ story of the 17th century. Plant mythology has as well been used in this episode to illustrate the significance of sacrifice. Cutting the plant, burying it and then allowing another plant to grow. The plant is sacrificed to allow others to grow. Plant mythology exists in different cultures but with different versions meaning the concept of sacrifice is in several cultures.
Part 5 – Love and the Goddess
This episode addresses two concepts. It first traces the beginning of love and compares it with love of modern life. In tracing the history of love, Troubadours have been used. The troubadours are still considered the first ones in the West that considered love in the sense that we think of it now, as a person-to-person relationship. However, the author gives a different concept of love by pointing out that “we often hurt most the person we love and heal the hurt by the love that hurt.” This shows that love is not all about romance but recognizing your soul’s counterpart. In most cultures, love was associated with a specific god. For instance, Eros is the God that excites one to sexual desire. The god of love in India is The Kama. Addressing love in a modern day, love in the Western world is governed by romance. Holy Grail was brought from heaven by the neutral angels.
Part 6 – Masks of Eternity
The last episode strives to describe the identity of God and the variation in God’s identity from one culture to another. It has also described the experience of God across different cultures. In describing God, the author mentions that God transcends all thinking. It is not easy to have a clear understanding of who God is. This answers the question as to why God is described differently in different cultures. It has been described that each god, each folktale, each religion, is valid in this sense: it is valid as symbolic of the human and cosmic riddle.” This announcement is valid as in God has many identities. To delineate this announcement, a case from the episode describes the African tradition story of the god wearing a hat that is colored red on one side and blue on the other side shows many images. People in that community show how distinctively the saw him. Religion is about the experience but not concept and ideas.