After reading five myths about the creation of the universe, I canidentify several similarities and differences that appear in the stories.The most obvious similarity in the stories is the presence of a god (orgoddess) t hat brought the universe to its present state. He or shebrought light from darkness, produced sea and land to make the Earth, andpopulated it with plant and animal life.Differences are easy to spot too.
Different landscapes being developedare e mphasized by groups of people living in different regions. TheWinnebago Indians of Wisconsin mention creation of forests, streams, andlakes, while The Pelasgian Myth mentions Mount Olympus and the Teutonicmyth mentions the Northern Sea.From the way the stories are written, one can guess at the way that thecultures think and live. The Wisconsin Indians seem to think simply,talking about tangible things. The Pelasgian myth talks about people andtheir feelings. The Hindu story looks at ideas and reasons behindintangible objects like death, day, and God.
The Teutonic myth hints thatthe writers were having a war or had had one in the past because a war ismentioned in the story. The Christians feel that faith and trust in Godare important to live with.Looking at the same sort of story written by very different cultures isan interesting way to learn about different ways that people can and dothink. If one knows about different ways of thought, one can break out ofthe shell of regu larity and do something different that is still areasonable, possible way of life.