Role Of Divine Roles In World Mythology

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University of Phoenix Material Divine Roles Across Cultures Part I Select one common divine role that recurs in world mythology. Possible options of divine roles include the following: father or mother divinities, divinities of war, home or hearth divinities, divinities of love, divinities of wisdom, divinities of medicine or health, divinities of the wind, divinities of agriculture, divinities of the sky, ruler of all the gods, and so on. Identify the role in the title of your table. Select two myths, each from a different culture, in which the divine role appears. Identify the divinity names and cultures in columns A and B. Complete the table by answering each of the five questions for both selected divinities. Title: Column…show more content…
What are the divinity’s attributes, such as divine powers or characteristics? What objects does the divinity possess, such as a weapon or animal, that assist him or her? Zeus as the Lord of the Sky, was able to control conditions of the atmosphere, including lightning bolts and rain. Whatever his lightning bolt came into contact with was set on fire. (University of Phoenix World Mythology: An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics 1994.) Zeus is pictured either sitting on his throne or standing with an eagle and a lightning bolt in his hand ready to end the lives of the wicked. Odin, like Zeus was the chief god and was feared by all; he was pictured sitting on his throne. He was known to be deceptive in battle and he had a temper. He was recognized for his wisdom, knowledge and sorcery. Odin had two ravens whose names meant thought and memory and they were always with him, although they flew away to learn what was happening in the places Odin was not. He also had a spear that always hit at what Odin had…show more content…
The reason for this is that the human race has a universal need to understand nature, its beginnings, purpose and to achieve a sense of control over what happens. Reasoning is basic to humans and sometimes feelings and emotions, including fears and desires, need to have recourse and so, we reason about those and where there is no help or explanation, we believe in something to help us get on with our lives with meaning and enlightenment. For ancient peoples, without the benefit of science and the scientific method, so much of what happened to and around them, especially in nature, needed an explanation. Such understanding would help to give the people some control along with choice. An example of this would be a culture praying to their agricultural god for a good harvest. We can imagine many other scenarios, where, in the absence of knowledge, it was created and used as they developed it to suit their

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