I'm currently replaying the God of War series. Each time I play this series, what fascinates me about it is how Greek mythology is portrayed in the game series, and how that very process of representation consequently creates new interest in the original mythology. And this isn't just limited to God of War. I've noticed this same phenomenon with the Percy Jackson series, Marvel's version of Thor, and other modern variants of older mythology, which simultaneously create new mythology and also revitalize older mythology by getting people interested in the source material.

While there may be some knee jerk reactions to this concept from purists, I think that its worthwhile to examine and understand how pop culture can revitalize interest in older mythologies, and how this may even be intentional on the part of the deities associated with those older mythologies. The reason it may be intentional is that said deities recognize that one way to get attention, belief, and eventually worship involves utilizing the medium of modern culture in order to get in front of the various people who might be receptive to those deities. And in this age of multi-media, the opportunity to get in front of such an audience is unparalleled for there are more people living now than have ever lived in previous eras of history.

While its true that modern culture isn't faithfully replicating the mythology of the older cultures, but instead is choosing to tell new stories, it nonetheless is significant that new stories are being told. Those new stories add new life to the characters they depict, and typically act as a gateway to the original mythology because people become interested in learning more about those characters and consequently do research into the original mythology.

New characters that were never part of the original mythology are also created. Kratos, Percy Jackson, etc., aren't originally from Greek mythology. They were created in the modern culture as a means of telling new stories. Purists will argue that because such characters come from modern culture the stories they are in can't be part of the original mythology, and they have a point. Nonetheless, I'd argue that what those characters do is provide a culturally accessible medium to people who aren't familiar with the original mythology. The value of such characters is that while they may not be part of the original mythology and may not represent the original mythology what they do provide is a different perspective that nonetheless opens people up to the original mythology.

At the same time, purists might argue that the Zeus in God of War or Percy Jackson or the Thor in Marvel comics isn't really the Zeus or Thor of the original mythology. I both agree and disagree with that stance. I agree with the stance in the sense that modern representations of Zeus or Thor aren't the same as the mythological representations and may not be accurate because of how contemporary culture is applied to those characters. On the other hand, I think that such deities could choose to influence people creating new mythology, with a desire to use that new mythology for the purposes of creating more interest in the original mythology and more importantly in those particular deities.

I also think this understanding can be applied to historical figures, who while not deities, nonetheless may still have a presence in the consciousness of humanity, because of the fame or notoriety associated with them. In modern culture certain such people are consistently referenced in a variety of ways, which may serve as a connected to the personification of the original person. The personification isn't the original person, so much as an amalgamation of that person and the beliefs, thoughts, etc., that people have about the person. It's a thought form which becomes an egregore through the continued interactions people have with it, and eventually develops a mythology of its own because of the various stories told about the historical figure.

Mythology is an inherent part of the experience people have with the spiritual world, but I don't think we should only value the stories of previous cultures as mythology. Nor do I think we should write off modern culture perspectives on older mythology without considering the idea that the Gods and spirits of previous cultures might actually find it useful to insert themselves into modern culture as a way of reaching out and interacting with people and in that process causing renewed interest in the original mythology and the gods and spirits.