The first thing any human does is to be curious and doubtful of preexisting ideas. What he does and myths are something our predecessors made to justify why certain things had happened. A myth is a justification of all things man does not have an answer for. There where some questions over centuries since earth was created which are answered by stories which are termed mythologies. Mythology in other words can be the interpretation of everything a man knows about the structures surrounding his life.
Another interesting myth about human and god is the story of hermes from the Homeric hymn to hermes, where hermes is born through zeus and mala in a secret cave. Hermes was known as a trickster and wahad a appetite.
“But I will take and carry you within: you shall help me 35 and I will do you no disgrace, though first of all you must profit me. It is better to be at home: harm may come out of doors. Living, you shall be a spell against mischievous witchcraft1; but if you die, then you shall make sweetest song” (Hymn 4 to Hermes. 34-37).
In this example Hermes is on the way to trick his brother Apollo and he meets this turtle and immediately realizes the potential of making a lyre using the turtles shell. He tricks the turtle and immorally kills it , which questioned mankinds relationship and makes us question if he was right to kill a harmless creature for his delight ? Yes he showed his talents but also shows the ambivalent nature of the luck and profit for one can be bad luck and loss for another.
After this he leaves to steal cattle from his brother Apollo because he wants to be in the same ranks of the olympians like his brother is. In this event you can see how smart hermes is has he makes the cattle walk backwards so Apollo cannot trace them through their footprints. Apollo is deceived and is angry and takes hermes to zeus . On the way back
The relationship between mortals and gods in the readings is interesting because of the many ways that gods interact with humans which you would not typically expect. One thing that all gods are invested in is conflict and that is something they share with humans who would wage many wars for their gods. In the Iliad, many gods joined in on the Trojan war and chose to support either side of the conflict when gods like Aphrodite and Apollo favored the Trojans while others like Athena went with the Greeks. In this illustration, the gods are taking part in a war that would not inherently affect them but they each have something to gain from their side winning the conflict. Some gods would get satisfaction from the chaos unfolding in the Trojan War and their lust for blood will be fulfilled; however, Aphrodite was supporting the Trojans because of her favoring Paris. The actions of these gods are contradictory to each other with each one wanting to do something for different reasons, and I think that this shows that they are alike to humans because of how each god is unique. While mortals think of gods as their superiors who influence their lives, gods may think of humans as pawns for personal gain like—. In other instances, gods may take favor in mortals and feel compelled to help them, for example when Zeus does not want to choose between his three daughters, he brought Paris to judge, and when he chose Aphrodite she made Helen fall in love with Paris in return which shows her favoring of Paris because he helped her win the contest. In the Iliad, gods are dominating figures who have a lot of control over the lives of the mortals in the story, but they would sometimes get mixed up in situations involving humans like the Trojan War, so there is a strange relationship where the gods would toy with humans for fun at times, and would help them for personal reasons at other times like how Aphrodite wanted to help Paris.