The Mayan Creation Myth, And The Story Of Creation

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Like snowflakes, no two creation myths are identical, “The Story of the Creation”, which highlights on the creation of the Akimel O’odham, more commonly known as the Pima, and Megan Wren’s “Mayan Creation Myth” are no exception; however, there are many similarities. The “Mayan Creation Myth” and “The Story of Creation” both follow the basic path that most creation myths do starting with the emptiness in the beginning, a void to be filled by a God-like figure, who would soon create vegetation, animals, and humans who he would then destroy and start anew. With every creation myth, there is a void, or an emptiness before a greater power takes it into his hands to change that, and this is true for both the Mayan, and the Pima creation myth. In the “Mayan Creation Myth” there was only “the sky and the sea” (Wren 1). The sky was ruled by Serpent, and the sea was ruled by Hurricane. The two brought their forces together to create Earth. In “The Story of the Creation” there was nothing but darkness, and Juhwertamahkai. Juhwertamahkai was alone in the nothingness, until he “rubbed on his breast” (The Bedford Anthology of American Literature 52) and created Earth. The presence of these higher powers is something else that makes these two myths similar. Creation can not be without a higher power to create, and in the “Mayan Creation Myth” there are two higher powers; Hurricane and Serpent. Hurricane rules the sea, whereas Serpent rules the sky. The two creators were so powerful that

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