What themes that are common to hero myths can be found in the myth of Sedna?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the theme of immortalizing the hero is something that is intrinsic to the heroic myth and evident in the narrative of Sedna.  As a goddess, Sedna is seen as one of the most important deities because of her guardianship of the sea and the underworld.  This represents how her narrative has been immortalized by the Inuit people.  Such a theme is important to the heroic conception.  The hero, himself, is one whose efforts and being are immortalized in the cultural tradition.  For example, the Greek heroes are immortalized in the narratives for what they did.  Achilles, Perseus, Theseus, and Hector are examples of this.  They are revered for being heroes and what they did represents the very essence of heroism.  In this, the myth of Sedna is much the same.  Sedna is revered as a hero by the Inuits because of what she did and what she represents.  Her narrative embodies heroism and is treated as such.  In this, the myth of Sedna represents a common theme that can be found in the tradition of the heroic myth.

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