Divine Roles Across Cultures
Select one common divine role that recurs in world mythology.
Possible options of divine roles include the following: father or mother divinities, divinities of war, home or hearth divinities, divinities of love, divinities of wisdom, divinities of medicine or health, divinities of the wind, divinities of agriculture, divinities of the sky, ruler of all the gods, and so on.
Identify the role in the title of your table.
Select two myths, each from a different culture, in which the divine role appears. Identify the divinity names and cultures in columns A and B.
Complete the table by answering each of the five questions for both selected divinities.
Divinity Name: Zeus
Culture of Origin: Greek
Divinity Name: Odin
Culture of Origin: Norse
1. How is this divinity portrayed? Describe the divinity’s role within the myth.
Zeus is the ruler of all the Olympian gods and the master of all men. He is the lord of the sky, clouds and rain, thunder, lights, wind and all atmospheric phenomena. Zeus is the god of justice and he is merciful. He protects the weak and punishes the wicked. Although he is the god of rain he is married to Hera which is the goddess of the earth.
Odin is the ruler of all the gods. He lives in Valhalla where half of all the dead warriors gather after death. He sits on his throne viewing the whole world. Odin is the god of wisdom, war, magic and poetry. He is the wisest of all the gods. However he gave one of his eyes for his power. Odin has the power to transform into whatever he wants. He can go from smoke to fire, from fish to serpent, he is the all-powerful.
2. Is the divinity male or female? What function does this gender play?
Male, he is the ruler of all gods and is the most powerful amongst them. His character exhibits proper tribute of a patriarchal society such as that of the Greek one.
Male, Odin is the all-powerful and has
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