Mythology rules - TO BE UPDATED

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Mythology rules - TO BE UPDATED

Post by TS Sailor Cronus on Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:18 pm

1. Cite your sources. Link to your sources if possible, and use multiple sources. Do not rely solely on Wiki sites for extensive information. Wikis are best used in moderation. When directly quoting your source,
use the quote function
or simply place the line(s) in question between quotation marks, and credit accordingly.

2. No derogatory, discriminatory, etc. comments. Be considerate in your portrayal of peoples of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. If you are quoting an individual or group of people who have used any unethical language or actions towards another group, be careful of your wording. Make it clear that such treatment came from the quoted individuals/ groups, and not yourself; make it clear that you are not intending to encourage such actions.

3. Do your research. Sometimes "common knowledge" is completely inaccurate, passed down through the years from other people who were racist or ignorant. For instance, you may wish to share your "knowledge" about a certain Native American tribe. It may sound impertinent for me to say this, but DO NOT use text books from your middle school/ high school Social Studies or history classes as a basis for your knowledge, as they are very often misleading, outdated, contain incorrect or incomplete information, or were written from a biased point of view.

For instance, your textbook may dedicate a chapter to the Mayans, teaching about their ancient beliefs, customs, location, etc. in a manner that leads people to believe that they no longer exist. In reality, Mayans are alive and well to this day, though they have undergone changes in their culture(s) and many have integrated into other surrounding cultures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_peoples (Note: Further research outside of Wikipedia may possibly yield more accurate information. See rule #1.) Be wary of sources that use past tense to teach about currently existing peoples.

4. These same rules apply even when you're talking about your own fictional world. The reason for this is because art most often imitates life: fictional cultures are often inspired by one or more existing cultures. Be sure to present your fictional culture in a way that does not stereotype existing cultures or peoples.

Note: These rules are to be updated.
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