HUM 105 Cosmic Creation Myths Across Cultures Paper

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HUM 105 Cosmic Creation Myths Across Cultures Paper

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The Creation, Death, and Rebirth of the Universe is a creation myth of the Hindu culture. The basis of the myth is a continuous cycle of, as the name suggests, reincarnation. The almighty god in the myth is Vishnu, who takes on the form of three different gods during the creation, death and the rebirth of the world. During the life of the world, four parts exist which go from best to worst from the mortality standpoint of mankind and decrease in length respectively. During this part of the cycle, Vishnu is himself and comes down to earth in the human form to protect both humans and gods from demons. Once one thousand of these cycles go by, it is time for Vishnu to go to sleep, so he turns into Shiva-Rudra and sends fire, water and winds to the earth one by one to destroy all three worlds - the heaven, the earth, and the Underworld. Vishnu will then sleep soundly for a period of time equal to the period of life on earth. He wakes up in the form of Brahma and recreates life on earth from a golden egg in which the seed of life was preserved. Once life is created, the cycle starts over again and for one thousand years more life exists on earth.

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Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper about two creation myths that address the following:

Pick at least two creation myths from two different cultures. For ideas, refer to this week's readings and the myths section of the Big Myths website for animated presentations of many creation myths:

Which world or worlds, such as sky, earth, and underworld, are represented in the myths you chose? What are the elements of these worlds?

Describe the creators. Are the creators male or female, and of what significance is gender? Describe what they created, including the steps or cycles of creation. Also, include descriptions of any destroyers or destruction if applicable.

Include the role of cosmic occurrences or natural phenomena, such as celestial bodies, floods, rain, wind, and fire.

Compare the creators, creations, the steps or cycle of creation, and the cosmic elements of the two myths. What are the similarities and differences?

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