Creation Myths (Similarities And Differences) Essay

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Because the creation of the universe has intrigued mankind for ages, creation stories are formulated in attempt to provide answers to the question of existence. People want to explain phenomenon and the unknown. Creation myths serve to give reasoning to these mysteries, no matter how bizarre and unrealistic they may be to us now. There are many myths in the current world but not all of them capture as much attention as creation myths. Every religion and every culture in the world seems to have its own creation myth. Creation myths have several distinct similarities primarily in their supreme beings, things that existed before creation, and their creations and the order of the creations, ...view middle of the document...

In all of these myths, Earth was created from very little or nothing. In the Chinese story, everything is created from one egg containing chaos and Pan Ku, which was the supreme being. Pan Ku split open the egg and from that emerged the Earth. In the Chinese story there was an empty space, which the Chinese called chaos too. According to Fisher, "There was only one Existence and no other. The One thought that there should be many others and that they should grow. So the One created a universe out of Him and created beings. Then the One himself entered into every being" (Fisher 87). In the Greek myth the empty space and darkness was also called Chaos. In this myth, the big ball of chaos, contained all of the things that were to be created, but they were all mixed up and confused. Here we can see a very big similarity, which can tell us that people though about creations in similar ways. Unlike those two stories, in the Christian story there was nothing before God created everything. All of these stories claim that the Earth was created from nothing, but at the same time, they all have different ways of explaining how it came to be what it is today. These myths may have set up a theory that is widely known in today's world as "The Big Bang" theory.The final point in which creation myths are compared to each other are in the order of how things were created. In the biblical creation story there is a specific order of how things were created. First it was the earth, sky, moon, sun, and all the earthly things, but the humans. Humans were the last things created in the biblical story. According to Bible, God...

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