Australian and Maori Myths Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Australian and Maori Myths
A comparison between Australian aboriginal Creation myths to those of the New Zealand Maoris.
# 41437 | 1,400 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2003 in Anthropology (Oceanic) , Anthropology (Australian)

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This paper compares and contrasts an Australian aboriginal creation myth about the god Baiame, the All-Father, with a Maori creation myth featuring the god and goddess Rangi and Papa. The paper highlights the similarities between both myths.

From the Paper:

"A famous Australian aborigine creation myth taught that like the Lord God of the Judeo-Christian religion, the god Baiame was ever present on the earth he had created, walked among the plants and animals, and created man and woman to rule over them. Baiame fashioned man and woman from the dust, told them which plants they were permitted to eat, but warned them that they weren't allowed to eat the animals Baiame had created. After delivering these instructions the All-Father then set the man and woman in a good and safe place, and departed. (Dealey)
"According to this creation myth from Australia, children were soon born to the first man and woman and to them in turn children were also born who enjoyed the creation of Baiame. The world grew populous and men and women praised the All-Father for providing for all of their needs. Sun and rain brought life to the plants that provided their sustenance."

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