Creation Myths

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There is no right or wrong creation myth because these myths were written from people who have diverse culture and different beliefs. Everyone should be open minded and accept other peoples background. Varieties of people have different opinions and beliefs about how earth and humans came to be. In these creation myths, they have their similarities and differences. The three creation myths that will be compared are the Modoc creation myth, the Maidu creation myth, and the creation myth that comes from the first book of Moses called Genesis.

After reading these three creation myths, they were similar in some ways, yet different in others. The primary idea that the three creation myths had in common was that each myth had a creator of all things in existence. In the Modoc myth, the Sky Spirit was the initiator of all. For the Maidu creation myth, Earth Initiate was the starter of life. As for the book of Genesis, God is the creator of all.

Another similarity of the myths is that there is an animal that portrayed a significant role in each myth. The Modoc’s animal in the myth was the grizzly bears, which was looked upon as ancestors to humans. It was stated, “They were the first Indians; the ancestors of all the Indians tribes.” For that reason, Indians who were residing around Mount Shasta never killed a bear. In Maidu myth, the turtle was the animal that assisted Earth Initiate to gather dirt to make dry land. The myth confirmed, “Earth Initiate scraped the earth out from under Turtle’s nails, and out it in the palm of his hand and rolled it about until it was round…” In Genesis, the serpent revealed itself as the dreadful one who convinced Eve to eat the fruit, which God forbid Adam and Eve to pick on that fruit tree. The serpent persuaded and told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know the in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as god…” In spite of the three creation myths, each animal made an impact to the...
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