The destruction motif varies across civilizations from wars between gods to ways of ridding the earth of people because the people may have become ignorant, greeded, or the people may have upset the gods in some way. Many of the civilizations believed only one or two people survived this disaster and that they would then repopulate the earth while other civilizations believed that the gods would rid the earth of people and create new races or generations of people. The Greeks believed there were five ages of humanity the gold race, the silver race, the bronze race, the hero race, and the Iron race we are in now. The Greeks also believed there was a great flood which created the Iron race. Ancient Aztecs also believed there were five races of humans which are the first sun, second sun, third sun, fourth sun, and fifth sun which we are currently a part of.
Many cultures have different beliefs and different stories of how the world was created but the Aztec creation story is an interesting story to read. According to the myth the Aztecs have a story in which deals with the elements and how they came to be. The Aztec Creation Myth contains the following archetypes: the ritual, The unhealable wound, the battle between good and evil, and the task. The Aztec myth starts with a dual god named Ometecuhtli/ Omecihuatl creating themselves then he/she has kids (Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, and Xipe Totec) who represent the four directions. They had created water but also a monster named Cipactli even though they knew that Cipactli would become a source to the cosmos in a strange way.
The twins grow up and begin creating their earthly creations. The good mind is driven by good nature. He creates light, rivers, animals, and finally, humans. However, his twin, driven by an evil nature creates rocky-mountains, great steeps, waterfalls, and reptiles that are injurious to mankind. Native Americans are notorious for being savages and brutes.
Because Gilgamesh was set around the time of late Babylonian or early Sumerian society, the Babylonian and Sumerian cultures also play a role in shaping the world into what is is today (Mark). These societies have developed inventions and ideas that have significantly affected today’s world such as, government, art, wheels mathematics, and many more (Garone). The cultures and themes from the story are displayed all across the text, and after studying Gilgamesh’s culture and story, it is evident that there are numerous cultural contribution to modern day society, such as gods, seeking revenge or love, and destroying enemies. More importantly, throughout the text, Gilgamesh was in a predicament trying to figure out the meaning of life and the value of human accomplishment (Mark). The culture of mankind has always been to seek the meaning of life, no matter the time period, religion, or community.
Gilgamesh is the son of a goddess and a mortal king, Ninsun and Lugalbanda. For this reason, Gilgamesh is two-thirds god and one-third man. Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk, a country which he created. As king of the city-state of Uruk he builds a monumental wall around the city, but in doing so he overworks the city’s inhabitants unmercifully, to the point where they pray to the gods for relief. The people of Uruk pray to the gods to make another man who could challenge Gilgamesh.
The Great Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh talks about an actual historical figure, a king named Gilgamesh who w reigned over Sumerian city-state of Uruk around 2700 B.C. He was wise and mighty. However, because of his tyranny, gods created his counterpart, Enkidu, to stand up to Gilgamesh. After their meeting and combatting, they finally became close friends. Together with Enkidu, Gilgamesh killed the Bull of Heaven and overthrew Humbaba in the cedar forest.
Nonetheless, it is evident that they were one of the most peaceful people who were wise, and focused on being in harmony with nature and the world. The Iroquois creation story verifies that the Indians are not uncivilized or savages. Rather, it emphasizes the countless similarities they share with different cultures and how their ideas are not different to that of the rest of the world. The Natives have had a magnanimous impact on shaping Americans into who and what they are. They have taught them many precious lessons as well as values that allowed them to expand and build the vast country that stands erect today.
1. Introduction Scholar Wang Guanghu said “China and Greece both are world’s most famous ancient civilized countries. Their abundant and beautiful myths are the literary treasures which have been releasing lofty light and the splendid flower of the two countries’ civilization.” (王光浒38) So, the meaning of myth is of great importance for China and Greek. Furthermore, scholar He Zhitao frankly said “creation myth is an important part of the mythology and the romantic and serious thinking of primitive human for epoch-making, creation of all things and the origin of human beings which include people’s value orientation, behavior standards, moral customs and other national awareness content. It inevitably affects the culture of psychology, way of
Gaia Creation Story The Story about Gaia is a creation story because in the story Gaia is one of the first titans. A creation myth is a narrative that explains how people first came to inhabit the earth. This titan was the personification of the earth and gave birth asexually to repopulate the rest of the earth. The story attempts to explain how the world began. The creation myth starts off with someone named Gaia, it tells the reader that she came from the abyss and was the fountain of it all, the Earth.
Patriarchal Gods: An Analysis of the Importance of Anthropocentric Originations in Genesis and in Mesopotamian Mythology This mythological study will define the anthropocentric originations of the world through the compare and contrast of gender roles orientation in Genesis and in Mesopotamian mythology. In Genesis, the creation of the world is defined through the power of a man-god image, which defines the separation of differing elements/celestial bodies, such as light, air and water, to define the anthropocentric creationist story. This is also true of the human-like God called Marduk that split Tiamat (a goddess) in half to form the heaven and earth in Mesopotamian mythos. Contrastingly, Marduk is a primarily misogynistic god when he kills Tiamat, as opposed to the male god of early