This is why their mythology is centered on nature such as the earth, sky, moon, sun, stars, and the Nile River. There are many Egyptian myths of creation, but the Heliopolitan Tradition, Hermopolitan Ogdoad, and the Memphite Theology are the most commonly used. They all have some common elements and gods. For example, many of t... ... middle of paper ... ... was allowed to pass through the gates of Yaru and into the after-life, but if the heart weighed more than the feather, the heart was consumed by the devourer to be gone forever. In conclusion, Ancient Egypt has a very complex religion and beliefs that would be considered bizarre in many parts of the world.
There are as many creations and creators as there are have been peoples of the earth. Then the myths deal with the problems of good and evil. For the Judeo-Christian traditions there is the story of the Garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit of the tree of life, also the story of Noah. The last category is Heroes and Prophets, those humans the gods and goddesses use to do their work, to be their spokespersons, as it were, that is to say, there was a time when slavery was an accepted practice around the world with very few exceptions, and the myths supported these practices, even those of our Judeo-Christian traditions. But as people have continued to evolve as social beings, we have come to accept that there are better ways, and so religious traditions have changed along the way.
Although the Bible provides a credible explanation for the origin of Earth and its life forms, the scientific perspective of creation presents a thorough explanation of the beginnings of the Earth and man with more information and evidence. Using the book of Genesis as support, devout Christians believe that God is the creator of the universe. As it is plainly stated in the first verse of the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1). God also created everything on the earth, including water, land, plants, and animals. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were made by God “in his own image…male and female created he them,” (Genesis 1:27).
Why do myths from different cultures around the world address such similar or universal themes? Do we see these same themes in today's myths? Think about how myths explain the unknown and the tribulations of mankind. The most common mythological theme across different cultures is the creation of humankind because everyone has always questioned how the earth was created and so forth. Creation myths are “usually applied to a mytho-religious story which explains the beginning of humanity, life, the earth and the universe as being the result of a deliberate act of supreme beings or being” ("Creation myths," 2007).
Many wars were started because of the different religions and beliefs. Abraham states that myths were the start of literature, art, and religion and still deeply impacts our everyday lives. When most people think of mythology they think of Greek and Roman mythology possibly more than any other mythological belief. This was a time when Zeus and Jupiter ruled and was believed to be the kings of the gods. These beliefs were one in the same with a few minor differences such as the names of the gods being changed.
This idea may seem in contrast with the ideas of modern thought, but if one looks hard enough the commonality of humanity remains. Joseph Campbell, in his many books, takes an in-depth look at one area of commonality, mythology. When discussing mythology Joseph Campbell includes not only the beliefs of ancient civilizations, like that of ancient Greece or Egypt, but also religions of modern peoples, such as Christianity and Buddhism. This inclusion occurs because of the similar ideas that crop up in both ancient and modern mythology. Campbell describes myths as “the search for meaning; for an experience of being alive” (Power of Myth).
The Mayans believed in several higher powers and lionized them all. Both cultures had their individual views on how the earth was formed, who were the first humans, and who created them. This contradiction builds on the many aspects of today’s reality and how did it all begin. All in all, every culture and religion has their personal beliefs on human civilization and how the earth was produced. The most frequent belief modern day of the first humans, is the story of Adam and Eve.
The creation story of the Hopi Native Americans, “The Four Creations,” illustrates an entirely different story with multiple beings in charge of creation. The Kings James Bible illustrates a creation story with many parallels to the one in the Qur’an, but is a contrast to “The Four Creations” story of the Hopi. The creation story in the Qur’an is spread across various chapters and verses. The basic story of creating the Earth and the celestial bodies in the universe lie within both the Bible and the Qur’an. “He created the heavens and earth in truth.
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There are many Myths and legends in the world and some are more common than others. Different people believe in different myths and legends. They are different myths and legends that correspond with different religions and countries. Myths can be a long story or a short story, some myths can be more interesting than others. Adam and Eve is one of the common myths, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious believe that Adam and Eve were the first parents of the entire human Race.