Similarities And Differences Of The Greek And Maori's Creation Myths

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The ancient Greeks and the New Zealand Maori both have Creation Myths. The myths from both cultures contain similarities and differences. Both though are significant to their respective culture for the same reason. One similarity between the two cultures myths is that ‘Earth’ is feminine and ‘Sky’ masculine. In the Greek Olympian creation myth, Earth is represented by Gaia and she is mother to all. Sky is represented by her son Uranus. In the Maori creation myth Earth Mother is Papatuanuku and Sky Father is Ranginui. Another similarity is that in both myths, the plant and animal life that covers Mother Earth is provided to her from one of her children. In the Olympian myth, Gaia’s son, Uranus showers her with a fertile rain. This causes her to bear trees, grass, flowers, birds and animals. In the Maori myth Tane Mahuta covers his mother Papatuanuku in trees, vines, ferns, bushes and birds. These two examples show some of the ways in which the Olympian and Maori creation myths are similar.…show more content…
In the Olympian myth, Gaia and Uranus are the parents of the first generation of gods and goddesses, the Titans. Two Titans, Cronos and Rhea then give birth to the second generation of gods and goddesses, the Olympian gods. So in the Greek creation myth there are two generations of gods and goddesses. In the Maori myth, Papatuanuku and Ranginui have many children all who are male. So in the Maori myth there is only one generation of gods after Earth Mother and Sky

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