Creation Myths (Similarities and Differences)

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Because the creation of the universe has intrigued mankind for ages, creation stories are formulated in attempt to provide answers to the question of existence. People want to explain phenomenon and the unknown. Creation myths serve to give reasoning to these mysteries, no matter how bizarre and unrealistic they may be to us now. There are many myths in the current world but not all of them capture as much attention as creation myths. Every religion and every culture in the world seems to have its own creation myth. Creation myths have several distinct similarities primarily in their supreme beings, things that existed before creation, and their creations and the order of the creations, which can be compared and contrasted in order to analyze both the university and individualism of different cultures.

All four creation stories have different supreme beings that were the ones that created all that followed. In the biblical myth, there was only one supreme being, unlike some of the others.

God was the only one who existed, and from him came all of the creations. In the Greek myth, there were many different Supreme beings that created many different things on earth. The Greek mythology was unlike the others because it was the only one to strongly use many different creatures and stories of how different things came to be on earth. Some of the main supreme beings that we can see are Chaos, Uranus, Mother Earth, the Titans, and Prometheus. In the Chinese creation myth, there are only two supreme beings P'anku and Nu'kua. "The first living thing was P'anku. He evolved inside a gigantic cosmic egg, which contained all the elements of the universe totally intermixed together," (Doyle). In the last creation myth based on Ugandan writings, there was only one Supreme...