Throughout history there have always been questions about the origin of the world, creation and divine power. In the creation stories, The Book of Genesis and Shinto Myth from the Nihongi, there are similar beliefs that there is a stronger higher power creating and controlling events throughout the world. Both stories profess that man and woman are created by this higher power to multiply and occupy the earth; however, the stories differ in the beliefs of the origins of the divine powers with Genesis based on monotheism and Nihongi based on polytheism. Throughout both stories, the nature of the divinity, how natural elements are respected and the relationship between man and woman are all aspects of a power struggle that defines how the conflicts and choices of each story are handled. The origins of the beliefs of divine power are based on cultural and religious aspects, which have been passed down from generation to generation-through stories and myths, with differing, but often-similar origins as the basis. The main difference presented is that in Genesis, one God creates the heavens and earth and He is the supreme power. The author displays this power by the repetition of the lines “And God said…”(Ch. 1, 6, 9 ,14 ,20) followed by “And it was so” (Ch. 1, 7, 9, 15) as soon as God created a new entity. He is the one commanding everything to be created. In the Japanese Shinto creation myth, there is not one creator of Heaven and Earth; it is a unified body that eventually splits apart into the two places. The number seven has significance in both stories in terms of how humans are placed on Earth. In Genesis, God creates different elements of the Earth in seven days, culminating with the creation of humans on the sixth day and exclaiming a day of exultation and rest on the seventh day. God originally creates humans with the intent to keep order over all the creatures of the earth, “Let us make humankind…and let them have domination over the fish of the...
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