Common Themes In Creation Myths

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Each every creation myth is unique in its own way. Of course, creation myths have their similarities, but each of them has at least one detail that separates them from every other myth. The question is how those similarities came about, considering for some of these groups that didn’t even know that each other existed. It would have nearly impossible and extremely unlikely for them to communicate with each other let alone, share their stories with each other. Yet, despite this there are some extremely common themes and events throughout these myths. Three of the most common creation myth motifs are, women bringing in evil and suffering, a bloody struggle or warfare, and an imperfect creator. Women bring evil and suffering in the world: This motif is in multiple myths, including the Greek creation myth where Pandora becomes curious and opens her box that releases evils onto mankind. The sisters of Ymir, who carve into the tree of life that causes pain and suffering in man 's life. Also, in Genesis where Adam and Eve eat the fruit of knowledge and gain knowledge, but the knowledge also brings suffering into their lives. The…show more content…
The list is long and includes over half of the creation myths. Including the Theogony where it takes Prometheus five attempts to make humans. In the Rig Veda where Prajapati defiles his daughter. The Chinese creation where Nuwa makes some humans better than others. The Inca creation where Pachacamac makes humans that cannot function properly. The Mayan creation where it takes Tepeu and Gucumats 3 attempts to make man, and even on the third attempt the human’s eyesight was as good as the Gods, so they removed some of it. IN the Inuit creation myth Raven didn’t mean to make man and doesn’t know how to take care of man at first. Then in the Egyptian creation Atum doesn’t even mean to make mankind, and in the Yoruban myth, it takes multiple attempts to make mankind
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