Cosmic Creation Myth Essay

896 Words Nov 8th, 2011 4 Pages
Creation Myths across Cultures
There are many different beliefs about how the world was created. People believe it happened in different ways. In the world of Zulu the world was just darkness and one very large seed. The seed began to grow. These seeds were called Uthlange, which means the source of all things. The seeds grew slowly and eventually grew into a man. The man grew so big the plant could not keep the man on it so he fell off. Then he walked up and down the land and he saw more men and women growing off the plants (The big Myth, 2011).
In the world Inca beginning, with Pachacamac the son rose slowly from Lake Titicaca. He was so bright in the sky all by himself so he made the stars, and the planets and the moon. The moon was
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This tends to lead the reader to place the masculine gender to the seed and earth representing the female gender. Once the seed is in the earth then offspring is produced. In the Inca myth the sun noticed that the night sky was empty and created the moon, Pachamama, and then took the moon as his wife. Here we see that the name of the moon is taken from the name of the sun much like marriage today where the wife takes the last name of the husband. Pachacamac then creates humans from stones found on the side of a mountain. For the survival of these humans the sun and moon bear a son and a daughter, who they send to earth to help the humans survive by teaching skills of planting, harvesting, and building shelter. In the Zulu myth the seed sprouted into a reed which then produces mankind. As they grew on the reeds eventually they became so heavy that they dropped to the earth. The first man was named, Unkulunkulu who was the creator of everything else including fish, cattle, streams, wind, sun, and moon.
In the Zulu myth talks about natural phenomena as being created by Unkulunkulu. So all natural occurrences were a result of this. Streams, moutains, lakes, wind, etc. were created by Unkulunkulu. It also talks about how mankind was taught how to create fire. It is also the only of the two myths that address the topic of death. The Inca myth talks of the celestial bodies, primarily the sun and moon and how everything comes from
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