Creation Myths : A Fundamental Part Of Human Oral And Written History

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Creation myths, otherwise known as cosmologies are a fundamental part of human oral and written history, they have played a crucial part in the building of societies and social bonds. Within all of these myths, there are many shared concepts, no matter the geographical origin of the story, the ideas of life and death, the creation of humans by a God so it may be revered and venerated, and the concept of the earth being created out of nothing by an all powerful being is shared by all three myths that are to discussed. The Enuma Elish, a Babylonian creation myth dating back to the third millennium B.C.E. This myth names two primeval gods, Apsu and Tiamat. Apsu representing the fresh waters, the great rivers and lakes of the world, a fundamental part of humanities civilization process. Apsu symbolizes the known, what humans believe they have control over. Tiamat on the other hand, represents the chaotic ocean waters that man could not dream of controlling, the vast unknown that no one truly understood. Many parallels can be drawn between this ancient epic and the 3 great Abrahamic religions that originated from the same geographical area. It would not be a stretch to draw similarities between the creation of the world in Enuma Elish and Genesis 1:1-3 of the Book of Genesis. In both tales the world begins in a state of chaos, that is until God 's act of creation brings order to the earth and heavens. “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was…

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