Your baby is watching reruns of Doraemon and Chota Bheem for the umpteenth time. Batman, Superman, and Star Wars toys all seem very popular as birthday presents. Harry Potter movies have unleashed the world of spells and magic in their lives.
If you look closely most of these superhero stories have their genesis in a popular myth or legend from the days of yore. So this might be a good time to get your child interested in the adventures of these legendary heroic characters.
Let us look at why this is a great idea for kids:
- It is in sync with what your child already enjoys. Mythology contains interesting tales that are exaggerations of reality pretty much in line with a flying Superman or a nifty Spiderman. The essence is action and thrills, spells and miracles, curses and boons which stir their imaginations and feelings.
- There is a lesson. Each story has something special to teach. It tells them that good, even when less powerful, can triumph over evil. It acts as a reference point for human behavior – love, sacrifice, pride, ego, greed – that you can highlight for them.
- It imparts culture and values. There is possibly no better way to teach them about your culture, moral values, and beliefs. Point out the connection between the traditions you follow and their link to these tales. Watch them make a connection with the current practices you follow and thereby gain an insight to your lineage.
- It helps connect the dots. The myths and legends range from mere tales, moral tales, to the history of our origins that encompass the worlds of History, Geography, and Astronomy. Connecting these stories to actual monuments that exist makes it vivid for them. As you introduce them to legends from across the world they come in contact with world culture and learn to compare them with their own.
- It teaches the value of nature and compassion. Myths showed us the way to conservation of nature and environment much before science took over. These stories are replete with plant and animal characters that interact with humans. Your child learns to look at nature with compassion and feels one with it.
- It is fun. Different stories in mythology have been passed on from generation to generation and sharing mythological tales is a great opportunity to bond with your kids and create special childhood memories with them!
These stories entertain your young one. They contribute a great deal to explaining the past and present rituals you follow and are educational in nature. They help them gain perspective and pride in their culture while appreciating alien ones. They often act as stepping stones to their interest in art and culture later on in adult life. So go ahead revisit those old tales and relive your childhood.