Genesis vs. Iroquois Creation Myth Essay
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Genesis vs. Iroquois Creation Myth
All different cultures have their own creation stories, mostly all containing the elements of a Higher Power of some sort, how the power created the world, and the creation a human man. The Christian belief in the Genesis story has these key elements , as does the Iroquois creation myth, The World on the Turtle's Back. Although these two creation stories share similarities, they also have some stark contrasts. These contrasts include, how the two cultures of the Native American Iroquois tribe and then Christians view life and aspects of good and evil, the way each culture views nature and the impact that has on their culture, and finally the way the Christian God and the Iroquois gods are portrayed to…show more content…
In contrast, in the story of Genesis God gave man dominion over all the creatures of the Earth. (Genesis 1:28) The man to this day, hunts animals of all kinds and disrespects nature, with clear-cutting of forestry and pollution.
Finally, the Christian God and the Iroquois gods are viewed differently in the eyes of a standard human. First off, the God of Christianity, is the only God. But, in the Iroquois culture there are multiple gods, who become the elements, and then the Iroquois praise these elements.(Iroquois 30) In Genesis, man is created in the likeness of God,(Genesis 1:27) but in the Iroquois myth man is created by another man. The Genesis God is thought of as more of a paternal God who loves His children but reprimands them when the children disobey, where the gods of the Iroquois is just revered and respected, no mention of punishment for humans is mentioned in the Iroquois myth. One similarity is the belief that the gods or God dwell in a place above the rest of the world, the Sky-World in Iroquois, or Heaven in the story of Genesis.
To conclude, the two stories of The World on the Turtle's Back and Genesis are very similar but, they also have their individual differences that really separate the two cultures. The way the two cultures view life and aspects of good and evil. The aspect each culture views nature and the impact that has on their culture. Finally, the way the Christian God and the Iroquois gods are portrayed
Unformatted text preview: -Creation Story The African Bushmen and Iroquois creation stories are similar to each other, but also have some elements in their stories that are not alike. I am going to be discussing the similarities and differences of the two stories. The two stories have many themes that are shared, as do all creation stories. For instance, both stories start out with the world being peaceful: there was no pain, and everyone got along. Then something bad happened. For the Bushmen, the people made fire and disobeyed Kaang. For the Iroquois, the Sky Woman became pregnant, which never happened. And in both stories after this bad thing happens, a big change is made to the world. The Bushmen and all other humans were cursed with not being able to communicate with animals ever again, and the Iroquois myth said that after the Sky Woman went down to earth, her twins were Sapling and Flint, good and evil. Both myths changed the world in a big way. The two stories are also are different in their own ways. The Bushmen myth had much more of a storyline than the Iroquois myth, which had a rising action, climax, and development. In the Bushmen myth, there was only one deity: Kaang. In the Iroquois myth, there were much more, but three that were named: The Sky Woman, Sapling, and Flint. In the end of the Bushmen myth, humans can’t communicate with animals. At the end of the Iroquois myth, people hold a great respect for animals and love them. In one myth, man and beast are separated. In the other, the two are connected through a totemic spirit. So both myths had alike elements, and both myths had different elements. Division/Unity, Development/Stagnation, these were both differences of the myths. Similar elements of the two myths include: beginning with peace, punishment, and world-altering divine interventions. ...
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