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Comparative Myths Enuma Elish and Biblical Creation
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What is a myth? Historical v. “true” Mythical time Not all myths are religious Other myths?
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Basics of the Enuma Elish Gods create each other through sexual union, starting with Tiamat and Apsu Younger gods disturb Apsu, who decides to kill them. Ea kills Apsu Tiamat and Kingu (henchman) vow revenge. Younger gods appoint Marduk king and champion.
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Enuma Elish, part 2 Marduk faces Tiamat, and cuts her in half. Creates sky and sea from her two halves. Marduk creates man from Kingu’s blood. Gods build Esagila for Marduk at Babylon.
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Basics of the biblical creation stories Genesis 1:1-2:3 World created in 6 days. 7th day, day of rest Creation by speech. Poetic, rhythmic, orderly Genesis 2:4-3:24 Different order of creation. Woman from man’s rib. Narrative, leading into Garden of Eden story
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Creation of the animals 1st story, animals created on the 6th day, before people 2nd story, animals created to accompany person Michelangelo’s version shown here
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Animals, birds and fish all shown. Probably drawn from 2nd creation story. Tintoretto
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course NES 372 taught by Professor Limmer during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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