Comparing Religions

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Comparing Religions

For centuries, humans have had questions about their existence: “What is my purpose?”, “Why am I here?”, or “Where did I come from?”. Religions have helped answer these questions. Some questions, such as “Where did I come from?”, have been answered in great detail. Creation stories give people a sense of where everything they see and interact with all originated from. Some stories have many similarities, others have seldom. Two religions that come from completely separate worlds, the organized world of western Christianity and the nomadic world of the Huron Native Americans contain an in depth creation story. Even though both religions contain in depth creation stories, the two don’t have many similarities in context and meaning. Even if one may not be a practicing Christian, it is difficult to not have heard the creation story from the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. The story states that there was nothing in the universe until God created heaven and earth. He then went on to create light, the waters, land, vegetation, the sun and the moon, all animals, and finally man and woman. (KJV) However, the creation story of the Huron Indians is less widely known. The Hurons were a tribe from what is now known as Western Canada. This tribe believed that in the beginning there was only one body of water and all the animals that lived in the water. Then a woman fell from the sky and after being rescued by two loons, a snapping turtle called for other animals to find this woman some land to live on. A toad returned with a small earth in it’s mouth and it was laid on the turtle’s back. After some time had passed, the woman gave birth to two sons. One was born normal, but the other broke out of her side and killed her, but when she was buried, all the plants needed for life came from her body. The two boys then prepared the earth for humans to live on, but they soon realized they could not live together so they both separated with...
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