Comparison between greek and chinese myths of creation

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Mythology is defined as the interpretation of a myth and the body of myths written by people from a particular culture. A myth can be approached from several viewpoints. In general, a myth is a narrative that describes in symbolic language the origin of the basic elements and the speculations of a culture. Mythic narrative relates, for example, how the world began, how humans and animals were created, and how certain customs, gestures, or forms of human activities started. Each culture has its own myth of creation for example the Greek and Chinese cultures have a myth that explains how everything was created.

"The Greeks believe that at the beginning there was an empty darkness and the only thing in the void was Nyx, a bird with black wings. With the wind the bird laid a golden egg that she sat on for ages. Life began to stir in the egg and Eros, the god of love rose out of it.

Half of the shell rose into the air and became the sky while the other became the Earth. Eros named the sky Uranus and named the Earth Gaia. Then Eros made them fall in love."

"In the Chinese myth of creation it is said that the heavens and earth were still one and that the universe was very similar to a big black egg and carried Pan Gu inside itself. Pan Gu finally woke from a very long sleep. Since he felt suffocated he took up an axe and wielded it with all his might hoping to crack open the egg. The light, clear part of the egg floated up and formed the heavens whereas the cold, dirty matter stayed below to form earth."

The myths are alike in a couple of ways. They both tell us that...