Creation Myths Essay

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Cosmic Myth Worksheet Choose two myths from each of the following myth categories: creation, flood, afterlife, and apocalypse. Answer the following questions for all eight myths. Creation Myths Myth 1: Garden of Eden story Religion or culture of origin: Old Testament and Judaism and Christianity Myth 2: Creation of the world Religion or culture of origin: India from the Rig Veda • Who created the world? o Myth 1: God o Myth 2: The One • Who were the main characters involved? What was the process? o Myth 1: God spoke everything into existence and then formed Adam from the dirt and Eve from Adam’s rib. o Myth 2: The One was all alone and there was nothing there, and then he spilled his seminal seed and things sprang into life. • What was the motivation to create the world? o Myth 1: God wanted to create a world in His image o Myth 2 The One was lonely • How did humankind come into being? o Myth 1: Adam was formed from the dirt and God breathed life into him and Eve was taken from his rib. o Myth 2: The One spilled his seed across the earth and life began • Did the original creator maintain involvement in the newly created world? o Myth 1: Yes, God and Adam and Eve had a close personal relationship. o Myth 2: No The One did not. Flood Myths Myth 1: Noah and the Flood Religion or culture of origin: Judaism and The Old Testament Myth 2: The Flood of Gilgamesh Religion or culture of origin: Babylon • Who or what caused the flood? o Flood Myth 1: God o Flood Myth 2: Enlil ordered the flood and Adad lord of the storm caused it. • Who were the main characters involved? o Flood Myth 1: Noah and his family o Flood Myth 2: Man of Shurrupak and family • What was the motivation for causing the flood? o Flood Myth 1: God was punishing mankind for their sinfulness and

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