Have you ever wondered how Native Americans believe the world came to be? Both stories include the elements that make the world balanced. The stories “World on the Turtle's Back” and “The Menominee” both include the importance of nature and animals. Also, their beliefs on what makes things good and evil. Finally, they include how the gods created man, woman, and earth.
In various cultures, traditional stories of a universal beginning relate to the beliefs and rituals that are prevalent within that society. Although these creation stories differ among cultures, all display similar characteristics which constitute archetypal settings of creation myths, such as a great tree, the landmass from a watery chaos, and the fall of man. In the Iroquois’ creation myth, “The World on the Turtle’s Back”, the display of archetypal settings parallels the creation depicted in the book of Genesis, but underlying each similarity are differing interpretations which allow for the stories to relate to its specific culture. In both “The World on the Turtle’s Back” and the Genesis creation story, a prominent characteristic is the great tree connecting heaven and earth. As stated by the Iroquois, “In the middle of the Sky-World there grew a Great Tree .
Many examples of overlapping themes is the presence and references to great floods, supernatural influences, otherworldly gardens, and battles between good and evil. 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).
Religion can be defined as beliefs and sentimental values of a particular community in a society. These beliefs trace their origins from the ancient texts present in that community. These texts generally contains about the deities and gods in the historic era. These texts portray the mythological deities and gods with supernatural powers and how the earth was created by the almighty using these powers. Almost each and every religious texts talk about their god and how their god created this world and human beings.
“ She appeared to have fainted… she was lying on the kitchen floor under a heavy guilt, trying to connect the pain.. with the face of her mother looking over her.” (161) Thus we see that Pecola eventually gets pregnant by her father, but later on delivers a premature child who eventually dies. At the end the baby dies, Cholly Breedlove dies and the innocence of the girls is also dead. Claudia reminicizes that their marigold seeds had not sprouted because- “we had dropped our seeds in our own little plot of black dirt just as Pecola’s father had dropped his seeds in his own plot of black dirt.”(fragment 2) Claudia felt the need that someone should want the baby to live. Since the adults will not consider the circumstances, as such Pecola ' s innocence is destroyed. The girls had planned to save Pecola not by direct intervention but rather indirectly planting flower seeds in their backyard.
I agree with Zizek and I believe it is not fair to say that this is a natural thing for birds. In this case, birds serve as another dimension that literally tears apart reality. The attack of birds is to prevent or trying to prevent a sexual relationship. Another example is when the mother goes to the neighbor’s house and finds him dead and his eyes where eaten by birds and she also sees the birds on the window. She tried to shout but she couldn’t; her voice was
The serpent keeps asking the girl to marry him and leaves her with no choice after making her suffer with hunger and discomfort. The transformation of the monster in this tale does not happen when the girl accepts to marry the serpent but, it happens after their marriage when Fifine burns the serpent’s skin. Their marriage is briefly described in this version of the tale. In the end of the tale the serpent, now a man and Fifine take all their valuable belongings from the majestic castle and go to live with the king. And in this version the tale ends with Fifine having four children two boys and two girls and her sisters being removed from their
Desperate to end the punishment, Cepheus tied Andromeda up to a rock as a sacrifice to the sea monster. But as Perseus was passing by on his journey home from slaying Medusa, he saw the young maiden crying for help and instantly fell for her. Perseus bravely went towards the creature and using Medusa's head as a weapon, turned the creature into stone. He then saved Andromeda from her confinement and took her to his home to become his wife. (Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature) Perseus' action represents an act of heroism.
The Iroquois creation myth and the African Bushmen creation myth have many similarities. To start off with they both give an account of the creation of the earth. Also, in both the Iroquois story and the one by the African Bushman, in the beginning
In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth in his sovereignty . Mother Nature was a part of this creation and continues to afflict man with its unpredictability and inconsistency to this day. Humans can control many things on Earth, yet cannot control Mother Nature nor their lifespan. Combining these two variables, the stories of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane and “Jonah” in the Bible inspired by God emerge. In this essay I argue that when man is confronted by Mother Nature, the only way man can find stability in an otherwise unstable phenomena is by submitting to God.
They brought a cart, so Raymie and her friends do not have to carry the cat, but Louisiana sits in the cart with Bunny. When those two plus Beverly(her friend) are going home, their shopping-cart tumbles down a hill and throws Louisiana plus the canine into a pond, but she does not know how to swim. The author describes Raymie’s reaction, “ Raymie kept running. She ran past Beverly, who was standing and staring; she took a deep breath and dove into the pond, and the water closed over her head, and she went down as far as she could in the darkness”(239-240). She jumped into the water without a second thought, so Louisiana could be saved, verifying that friends probably have each other’s back.
Every action has a reaction. When the woman in the Iroquois story Sinned, or brought harm to the sacred tree, She fell to the earth from the sky world. As for the other story the lady Eve sinned by eating a piece of fruit from the tree of knowledge, which in return Adam and Eve were evicted. When we look at the Iroquois story the woman fell from the sky world, but caught by birds. The birds set her down on a turtle’s back.
Understanding what Christian faith is has allowed us to dig deeper into the bible. We now have a better understanding the creation of the universe, the beginning of human life, and intimacy. The book of genesis talks about the creation of the world and how it was created. Chapter one talks about the cosmic perspective and paints a picture with words of how God created this beautiful earth from absolutely nothing. Chapter two of the book of genesis talks more about the garden and how and why humans were created.
His theory is that animals first came from moisture, and were surrounded by prickly barks. These fish began to evolve and became more human-like. He claims that humans grew in the embryos of these fish-like animals, and eventually humans appeared in the present form. While this theory is not exactly biologically accurate, it does support Anaximander’s claim about the first principle, that everything has come from basic elements. He uses similar logic to explain how land formations on Earth were created.