The Bible vs. The World on a Turtle’s Back
The coming of man has always been ambiguous. Religion, ethnicity, and culture all participate in the coming of man. How mankind came into existence has many different versions, many of which lie in the Torah, Koran, and Bible. “The World on a Turtle’s Back” is the Iroquois belief of creation, divergent to “The Creation Story” from the Bible. Though these versions are about the same topic, they both differ on several accounts.
“And God said, let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3). Christian’s believe in one God as their only creator. This is known as monotheism. According to Genesis, the first chapter of the Bible, God had created light and separated it from darkness, thus creating day and night. “The Creation Story” from the Bible later reveals that the earth was created in six days and rested on the seventh (Genesis 1). Opposing the Bible, “The World on a Turtle’s Back” begins with a pregnant women infatuated with strange delicacies. The women had demanded that her husband gather bark from the roots of a sacred tree. The disobedient husband did not accept the mission so the pregnant wife had become very impatient and bent over to collect the bark from the roots herself. Meanwhile, the women fell. As the women fell downward, she frantically tried to grip anything she could find hanging on the edge of the Sky-World to catch her fall. The story continues by explaining how the birds of the sea gently caught the women and calmly placed her on the back of a turtle. The creatures of the sea tended to the women by getting all necessary materials she needed. The muskrat had gathered her soul from the bottom of the sea. While on the turtle’s back, the women planted the roots she had gathered on the descending trip. From there, the women began to walk in a circle the direction in which the sun goes and the earth began to grow (WOTB 36). Right from the beginning, these two stories are...
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