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This essay describes the mythology of creation and its lineage of being passed down over generations. The writer presents various myths over the centuries and discusses their meaning with symbolism and metaphor. Some myths the writer uses are from the Zuni tribe, early Chinese cultures and also some baBylonian myths. In the end, the paper concludes that all myths essentially tell the same tale and that the basic purpose of mythology is to explain the creation of the cosmos and the maintenance of a social order.
From the Paper:"Perhaps it is more imperative that the world be organized in a way that can be universally explained that drives the power of comparative myth. It is this very similarity
and thematic commonality that not only poses questions, but proves, in some small way, of the universality of human though patterns, of the way humanity structures its idea of the universe, and of the cross cultural importance of a shared set of basic beliefs. Three of the most interesting creation myths; one from the Zuni tribe in North America, one from China, and one from the very heart of Middle Eastern Civilization, Mesopotamia, show interesting commonalties and perceptions about humanity.
"The Enuma Elis is the Sumerian/Babylonia creation myth. Rather than simply an oral tradition, the Enuma Elis was recovered in 1849 from the Mosul, Iraq area, on seven clay tablets, no all of which have been recovered and translated. It is one of the seminal studies for understanding the early Mesopotamian worldview, which was centered on the supremacy of the Gods, and the creation of man to serve those Gods. However, modern scholarship holds that rather than being a sole exposition of the power of a certain religion or philosophy, the primary purpose was to unify the city-states into a nation in which the chief god, Marduk, became the prime God of the culture (Dalley, 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bierlein, J.F. (1994). Parallel Myths. Ballantine Books.
- Campbell, J. (1991). The Masks of God, Vol. 2., Penguin.
- Cushing, F. (2007). Outlines of Zuni Creation Myths. Kessinger Publishers.
- Dalley, S. (2009). Myths from Mesopotamia. Oxford University Press.
- Hamilton, V. (1991). In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World. Sandpiper.
Cite this Descriptive Essay:
Creation and Myths (2011, December 31) Retrieved May 23, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/creation-and-myths-149778/
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