Comparison of Creation Myths Essay

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Creation myths of any culture, arise out of curiousity to experience and understand the world. They are not intended to explain how the universe came into being, but offer symbolic insight and meaning of a realm that lies outside intellectual understanding.[1] By examining the Greek, Near Eastern and Biblical ‘creation myths’ and associated ancient sources, I will seek to explain common elements between them, accounting for their differences, in order to reveal the significance of these narratives, for the people and culture at the time they were created. Fundamental to all types of myths, is the importance of the oral tradition, as they were often intitially performed and have been told and retold over the centuries, each time being reinterpreted and recreated to suit the culture of the time, which reveal details about a particular people, society, politics, societal structure and religion. In the Greek creation myth, The Theogony “is a mythical account of how the Greek gods came into existence and of the relationships and conflicts bewtween them, which led to a divine monarch under the ruler Zeus.”[2] Features include, a polytheistic worldview, with gods being part of the natural environment and personified, to the extent of having male and female sex characteristics. [3] They are also considered anthromorphic and therefore take on qualities of humans in form and behaviour. There is a contrast of the female representing the earth goddess, (Gaea) and the male representing heaven(Uranos), who is both the son and partner of Earth. Creation, therefore takes place through birth of these elements and continue with their offspring producing a further generation of gods.[4] These features are shared also in the Babylonian creation myth, Enumera Elish. In The Theogony, features of earth are made into divine beings through personification of the physical

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