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  1. The main specificities of both schools
  2. Opposition between the two schools: the rationalist and the functionalist's schools

This essay is based on Alan Dundes's article Earth-Diver: Creation of the Mythopoeic Male and Claude Lévi-Strauss one The Structural Study of Myth. With Levi Strauss and Alan Dundes's works we have two examples of different approaches to study myths in anthropology. Both of them seem to have in mind the same definition of myth as a 'sacred story', definition that is commonly shared between anthropologists. They both use a different anthropological approach: Levi Strauss represents a structuralist approach whereas Alan Dunde represents a psychoanalytical one. I will try to highlight the differences between their respective methods but first of all we can underline that they share some common points.

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