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Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition$
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Bruce David Forbes and Jeffrey H. Mahan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291447

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291447.001.0001

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Adventure Time and Sacred History

Adventure Time and Sacred History

Myth and Reality in Children’s Animated Cartoons

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(p.71) Chapter Three Adventure Time and Sacred History
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Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition
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Elijah Siegler

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291447.003.0004

This chapter looks at how even a form like cartoons for children seeks to establish an imaginative world that rests on a reliable system of mythology. It asks what we mean by myth in popular and scholarly usage and considers why the term has been important in religious and cultural studies. It makes a case for increased attention to myth within television programs as an expression of religion in popular culture. In particular, it argues that to fully understand the role of mythology in popular culture we must take kids' cartoon series of the 2010s seriously. One in particular, Adventure Time, best represents a particular way of thinking about mythology.

Keywords:   cartoons, religion, popular culture, mythology, children's television, television programs, myth, Adventure Time

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