In the beginning there was nothing. The world at first was an endless space and the earth was unfinished. This is how many creation stories begin. The creation of the world is something many try to decipher. People create myths and legends about the first days of the vast universe and anything that pertains it. It is fascinating how the human mind can come up with many ideas of the birth of the world. In the story of The World on a Turtle’s Back there is mention that in the beginning there was no world, or land; but there was a great ocean and above it a great void of air. That void of air was the Sky World where the story commences. Then there is The Four Creations and The Tohono O'odham Creation Story. All three of these have their similarities and the differences on how the world was built. Each of these stories have a representation of a creator and the way humankind was born.
First of all, the Native Americans believed that the woman created animals before humans. The myth says she was “cohabiting with those several animals, and bringing forth at every birth more than one of a different species and appearance; from which have originated and proceeded all the human beings.” Therefore, humans are born with qualities, traits, characteristics of animals. Animals were respected and valued because they were used as food for the tribes.
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.
These similarities also show that there is some European influence from Genesis. In the Apache creation Story documented by Glenn Welker describes the creator as “small bearded man, Creator, the One Who Lives Above. As if waking from a long nap, he rubbed his eyes and face with both hands.” (Welker, 2011) In the Cherokee creation story the creator was “the Water-beetle (Beaver’s Grandchild).”
So it is very likely that there was an original story or event that came from one group of people. As this group of people split up and spread all across the world their story of creation was carried with them. Over time this story changed into the many different variations that there are today.
Floating about in all types of literature, there are many legends as to how the earth was created; these legends are known as creation myths. A creation myth offers answers to questions that ask how the earth was created, and explains the social customs of today as well as the workings of the natural world by telling an elaborate story. The Cherokee Indians have spread their beliefs on this topic throughout generations through oral tradition. Recent authors have taken these myths to paper to preserve history and to spread them even further around the world. “How the World Was Made” is a creation myth that not only offers an abundance of information regarding the origin of earth, but also supports the social traditions of today’s society and attempts to explain the intangible, natural workings of the world.
On the fifth day God created the birds, fish and other sea creatures. The beginning of chapter two of Genesis wraps up chapter one, explaining that on the sixth day God created the rest of the land, animals, and made humans in his own image. And on the seventh day, God ceased from work and rested, and blessed that day. Later in chapter two it begins to explain creation in the garden. It is explained that before any living thing had touched the earth, God created a stream that watered the land and from the soil of the land he created the first human.
Today we have two stories, both based on same topic; Creation of earth. One is called the Iroquois story of creation, which is about the woman that fell from the sky. Then we have the Genesis Creation story which is about how god created the earth.
One of the most prominent similarities between Hesiod’s creation and Christianity’s creation story is that they both claim the universe came out of chaos and darkness. Hesiod says that Chaos or rather a void came into being. The meaning of Chaos comes from the verb Cha’ein which means “to lie open”. It is interpreted as meaning openness, emptiness, and space. (Farrow 174) The Bible also claims something very similar “In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate.” (Genesis 1:1) The bible also describes the earth as being uninhabited, and a deep void. Much like the story of the Theogony it was in need of divine purpose to fill it. (Guenther 1977) Both are claiming that creation came from disarray. In
The most important way to think about myths is that they are symbolic stories that attempt to answer difficult human questions about the universe. For instance, where did we and the world come from? And what is the meaning of life?. “We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help to explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbors and customs” (6). Myth functions as a guidance that explains everything that we come into contact with in the universe.
The Bible says that on the sixth day man was created. In the second book of the Bible it states “then the lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;” (2:7). Created from the breath of God and dust from the perfect world he formed
When looking at Genesis 1:20-23 it says that God made birds and great sea monsters that ruled the waters and air. While this seems like a contradicting statement, many scientists believe that the first multicellular beings on Earth thrived in the water. While they are not sure if avian species existed during this time, it shows how by comparing scientific findings and Biblical stories, one can further show the progression of origins. Now, on the sixth day, God made humans in his image. Religious individuals believe that they were created to be how humans are perceived today.
In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the creation myths of Brahma, the Hindu Creator God, and The Ennead of Heliopolis of Ancient Egypt. I will be highlighting the following; how, according to these cultures, did the world begin, how did humans originate, are there any thematic similarities between the creation myths of these two cultures, what are the most striking differences and do they have any beliefs about how the world will end, or do they believe in some kind of cyclical renewal of creation.
Not only do these shared themes point to an innate psychology present in all people in every culture, but perhaps even to a direct influence of “The Epic of Gilgamesh” on these holy texts. In the book of Genesis, the creation story of The Old Testament, God creates all things, the earth and the Heavens. He makes the animals and then finally mankind to watch over it all, as God says, “Let us make a human in our image...to hold sway over the fish...and all the crawling things that crawl upon this earth” (2. 1-4). Depending on the variation of the story, God either creates both Adam and Eve from soil, or Adam from soil and then Eve from his rib to be his companion.