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The Iroquois Creation Story And The World On The Turtle's Ku

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The antithesis between “The World on the Turtle’s Back” and “P’an Ku”
"I think God, in creating a man, somewhat overestimated his ability" is a quote from Oscar Wilde. The quote from Oscar Wilde is fitting to both these stories because though the stories sound warm and peaceful, one person always turns evil. In the Iroquois creation story, “The World on the Turtle’s Back” is about a Sky-Woman who falls into the ocean and is challenged to survive with the help of animals. The Sky-Woman creates a daughter with clay and that daughter gives birth to twins whom are good and bad. In the Chinese creation story, “P’an Ku” the god, P’an Ku, separates the earth and sky when he awoke and successfully did so. The gods and goddesses in heaven were amazed at the sight of the Earth that one goddess thought the world needs creatures so it could be walked on. Despite the differences of the two storyline, the similarities/differences between the Iroquois creation story, “The World on the Turtle’s Back” and the Werner creation story, “P'an Ku” is evident through their relationship between humans and nature, relationship between humans and spirits, and its conflict.
“P’an Ku” and “The World on the Turtle’s Back” both share a mutual relationship between humans and nature. The god, P’an Ku, was sleeping for years until he was ready to wake up and do his purpose of recreating the earth. In the Chinese creation story, the earth forms more beautiful when "every part of P’an Ku became useful to the
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