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Echo in the greek myths is a nymph who offended the goddess Hera by keeping her in conversation, thus preventing her from getting to zeus. To punish Echo, Hera deprived her of speech, except for the ability to repeat the last words she hears. Echo’s hopeless love for Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image, made her fade away until all that was left of her was her voice. Echo rejected the advances of the god Pan. he drove the shepherds mad, and they tore her to pieces. Gaea allowed her to retain the power of her voice.
Summary of the Myth and its meaning
Greeks and other Ancient cultures created myths to explain the natural events that were happening around them. Because there was no science to explain why everything happened the way it did back then. So the ancient people made up gods and stories for each gods. People started believing in these stories. For example, when there was a lightning strike, they said that the sky god Zeus was angry and they made rituals and sacrifices to satisfy him. Myths serve two purposes. The first is to answer awkward questions like "who created the world", and " who was the first man". The second was to explain their social system, rituals and customs. It gave meaning to the world they saw around them.
why did Greek have myths - their purpose, and why did they tell these stories?
1. http://www.history.com/t opics/ancient-history/ greek-mythology 2. http://greece.mrdonn.org/ greekgods/echo.html
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