Deities and Lesser Spirits Worksheet
Choose one myth from each of the following myth categories: the Supreme Being, the Great Mother, the dying god, and the trickster. Answer the following questions:
Supreme Being Myth
|Myth: |Religion or culture of origin: | |Yahweh |Hebrew |
What are the characteristics of the Supreme Being?
The Supreme Being according to Hebrew scripture is called Yahweh. Yahweh is the “sky storm god” (Leeming, 1990, p. 130). The Hebrew Supreme being is strong, he can “shut up the sea with doors”, “put wisdom in the inward part”, “give understanding to the heart” (Leeming, 1990, p. 131). Yahweh has the ability to part the light, change seasons, and changes the weather.
How did the Supreme Being create humanity?
According to Hebrew myth the Supreme Being created humanity from the ground, in his image, from the breath of Yahweh, and no other creature is created with his likeness (Bergant, & Karris, 1992, p. 41).
Great Mother Myth
|Myth: |Religion or culture of origin: | |Nut |Egypt |
What are the characteristics of the Great Mother?
Egyptian myth names Nut as the Great Mother. She is the night sky goddess and has been depicted as a blue female figure that stretches over the universe (Tara, 2011, para. 1).
How did the Great Mother protect or look after humanity?
The Great Mother Nut, watched over those who passed away, as well as the goddess of death . She has also been known to be carved into the sarcophagus of the ancient dead Egyptians. She is sometimes known as the Goddess of passing over when someone dies (Tara, 2011, para. 1).
Dying God Myth
|Myth: |Religion or culture of origin: | |Attis |Phrygian |
How did the god die?
There are two versions of the death of Attis. In the first he sat under a pine-tree and removed his own genitalia, then bled to death. In the second he was killed by a boar, explaining why the people of Pessinus do not eat from the swine. His death is celebrated each spring. (Frazer, n.d., para. 1)
How did the god come back to life?
Legend has it that Attis was turned into a pine tree after his death (Frazer, n.d., para. 3).
|Myth: |Religion or culture of origin: | |Old Man Coyote |Shoshoni |
What tricks does the trickster pull?
Old Man Coyote walks to the immature buffalo with the affect of being unable to hear. Then he requests the young bull to bring him back to his youth. The bull agrees however does not give him any strengths. At that point, he is turned a young bull. When the bull grows to adulthood, he is approached by the old coyote and is asked to make him young again. He attempts to make him young but he turns himself back into an old coyote (Leeming, 1990, p. 170-171).
Do these tricks help humanity? If so, how do these tricks help humanity? If not, what is the purpose of the trickster?
This trickster myth from Shoshoni legend tells the reader what the purpose of the myth is: “So always remember, don’t start anything unless you know you can finish it” (Leeming, 1990, p. 171). It helps humanity remember that even though you may be capable to complete a...