The Creation of Religion
When an individual sits down and ponders about the world around us with an open mind, countless conclusions can be set on the table. Personally, I find it incredible that a vast majority of these conclusions are not viewed as being incorrect. This is because no one can be certain, and give an exact answer as to how the world around us came to be. Prior to signing up to this class, I have done an immeasurable amount of research about religion and its creation, the creation of the world, and much more regarding these topics. I have read books that were about the topic as well, and have had countless discussions with friends of mine, as most young adults do. And once I sat through an adequate amount of lectures, I realized that the material we were going to cover would be of interest to me. The creation story of the Iroquois rang many bells about former creation stories I had read, and they related in numerous ways. A very good theory about the creation of religion almost immediately came into my train of thought, when we were discussing these topics, in class. First, how the births of many of the gods we speak of could be very much related to astronomical events that take places on certain dates. Next, about how many of the gods have a near identical chronological lifecycle; regarding what happens at specific ages, their preaching’s, miracles they perform, the followers they had, and how each of them were laid to rest. I will touch base with many possible outcomes that could have resulted in this, the people it could affect, and news stories it received. Lastly, I will try and link the creation stories I cover, to Christianity, the largest religion practiced throughout North America.
The Iroquois Creation Story was the first story assigned to read this semester; and it was quite interesting, if I must say so myself. The Iroquois believed in two different worlds, the upper, and the lower world. The upper world was occupied with the supernatural humans, and the lower was possessed by darkness, with good monsters floating in the water. Their view on the creation of humans was rather strange, and it went a little something like this: A pregnant woman fell from the upper world on a mattress, upon landing, she landed on a turtle. The turtle then expanded to create what we now know as North America. That is correct, each step we take outside is said to be on an immense turtle shell. Though that does not explain how humans were formed, now does it? So, if you recall, the woman was pregnant whilst falling through the sky. And once arriving on land, she began to give birth. Not an ordinary birth either, but rather, one that could only be portrayed on some late night animated adult comedy series, with Viking metal music to rage along with the exhilarating birth. The evil twin ruptured his mother’s ribcage and escaped from her side, and this instantaneously executed her from any further breathing. The good twin is assumed to have exited from the gaping hole that his twin left. Each of the twins aged very rapidly, only to create the world they lived. The good twin created the sun and moon from his mother’s corpse. The good twin built several of the natural structures of North America; rivers, creeks, animals, fish, and lastly, people from dust, in his own image and likeness. He even gave the people he created a soul. The evil twin created what the Iroquois viewed as negative, this being; mountains, waterfalls, along with dangerous reptiles and animals. An epic battle amongst the two would be in the near future, and the champion would control the entire universe. The evil twin failed to succeed in the two daylong battle, leaving the good twin to decide his fate. The good twin casted him below the earth, and continued with his reign of the universe.
With first glance, no similarities between the Iroquois, and the Christian creation story could be linked. However, my mind has...
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