Two Creation Myths

Topics: Creation myth, Book of Genesis, Earth Pages: 2 (738 words) Published: May 14, 2013
Compare and contrast Two Creation Myths
In the Genesis creation myth God creates heaven, earth and the all creatures who roam it in seven days. He creates man and woman last, on the sixth day, before he rests on the seventh. He shows these humans complete love and adornment and only gives them one strict measure: not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Of course, the man and woman do not obey, and they eat from it anyway. Eventually, out of dissatisfaction from what he created, God struck down a great flood on the Earth, killing everything and everyone who crossed its path. However, he gave the human race a second chance by saving one loyal family, belonging to a man named Noah, on his ark, along with couplets of every animal he created. Eventually Noah's family would repopulate the Earth, allowing humans to reign free under God's rule. Yet God did not forget about the sin that Adam and Eve committed. Ever since then, humans were tainted with the flaw of original sin. In the Popul Vuh, one witnesses the views and perspectives of a polytheistic culture, believing and living under various Gods and religious figures. In the story, the Gods try creating their ideal "race;" one that would praise them and "keep their days," or traditions. Yet the Gods cannot seem to be content with anything that they've created. They made animals, mud people, and wooden manikins, but all of these creations remained unaware of their surroundings and resisted praising the gods for their existence. The manikins especially were harshly punished for not recognizing the glory of their creation; a flood was struck down upon them while everything living and nonliving took whatever life was left in the wooden people. However, in one last attempt to make a new race, the Gods decided to make a people out of corn from the earth, as it was considered an all-providing and supplying staple crop. These new people were all-seeing, all-perceiving, all-knowing, and...
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