Sunday, September 6, 2015
Similarities in Creation
One thought that was prevalent throughout our discussion in class the past week was the importance of creation myths and what purpose they serve as well as the elements that composes them. One thought that I found interesting was the similarities between myths from vastly different regions. The resemblance of some of Tolkien’s mythmaking to those of Native Americans was particularly interesting- especially considering that Tolkien would probably not have known anything about them or their culture. One thing that I always found intriguing was the idea that all cultures have some sort of creation myth and yet unprecedented amounts feature a large amount of similarities. In modern science the idea of the Big Bang is generally agreed upon, while cultures like the Egyptians and Chinese have awfully similar ideals- the Egyptians believed that the universe was created when a lotus emerges from an explosion and their deity comes out. The Chinese thought that a giant egg came out of nothing and a deity is hatched. The Christian equivalent of this would be of course Genesis.
Basically, all across the world eerily similar versions of the same tale are being told. I find this amazing, it’s odd how cultures from vastly different areas can have so much thought in common with others.