Creation Myths of Two Cultures


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Creation Myths of Two Cultures
This essay will examine the creation myths of the Ancient Greeks as well as those of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations. Although these myths were developed by different people who lived very far apart, they bear some striking resemblances. The essay will provide a brief overview of both of the myths, and then compare and contrast their elements and outcomes. The essay will conclude by examining the underlying value systems of the two cultures in question.
The Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations share a common origin myth which is known as the story of the Raven. Raven was taught by his father, Kit-ka'ositiyi-qa...
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.....e god, rather than a female god. This is also true for the Egyptian and Christian creation myths. While the women in these stories have no choice but to be impregnated by Zeus and the Raven, the male figures can do what they please. This points to a cultural value which allows men to do what they want to do without the consultation or agreement of women. The only exception to this rule seems to be Gaia, the ultimate creator of the Greek universe. At the same time, her power was eventually usurped by a male, which means that it may actually not be an exception after all.
Leeming, D. (2009). Creation Myths of the World (2nd ed.). New York: ABC-CLIO.
Powell, B. (2001). A Short Introduction to Classical Myth. New York: Prentice-Hall.