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AM Essay I - Essay I Due Date: February 24th 3378-02 CLT If...

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Essay I Due Date: February 24 th CLT 3378-02 If you were a supreme god and architect of mankind, how would you continue a relation- ship with them? In the act of mythological creation, a relationship is inevitably formed between the originator and mankind. However, the potency of the partnership is often different depending on the myth; the purpose behind the creation and the circumstances of the destruction are import- ant aspects that influence the directness of the relationship. Two different cultures that portray variation in their creation-destruction cycles and ultimately their human-deity relationships are from the ancient Greek and Egyptian mythologies. It is more supported that there is a strong rela- tionship in Egyptian myth but a higher level of interaction in Greek myth. In Greek mythology, according to Hesiod, the supreme gods were created from a noth- ingness called Chaos; binatural goddess of the Earth, Gaia, and sky god Ouranos. Clearly, these primeval gods are presented with great respect and power since they arise from nothingness and are personified. Together, they produced Titans and Cyclopes, who aggravated Ouranos so much that he forced them back into Gaia. Needless to say, the goddess also became distressed and sought revenge; the youngest Titan, Kronos, came to her aid with an adamant sickle in which he used to castrate Ouranos (Penglase, 206). As Kronos flung the genitals across the Earth, the drip- ping blood created mankind. In this case, it is clear that humans were not nearly as respected and even viewed with scorn as they were made from blood of a renegade. The gods most likely viewed them as a symbol of imperfection.
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In Egyptian myth, the primary creation is quite similar to that of Greek myth; there was only darkness and water (goddess Nun symbolizing chaos and power) in which arose the sun-god Re (Atum or Ra). Re then named Shu (air), Teftnut (moisture), Geb (earth), Nut (sky) and lastly, mankind. The gods are presented in a reputable fashion since they are valuable enough to arise from nothingness or spoken into existence. Humans, although invented last, were also created by word of mouth, emphasizing that they were viewed with a sufficient amount of esteem. Another version is that mankind was created from Re’s tears when he found his lost eye. In both cases, humans are created peacefully and sacredly (Muller, 68-70, 74-76). ̈ Similarities between the Greek and Egyptian cultures are shown through the use of sym- bolism, which explains the “outlook governed by images” for a more comprehensive understand- ing of the gods (Lurker, 7). Gods in both were personified, which puts them in an image that their people can better relate with, creating a stronger tie between them; it also gives a more real and physical presence (Hornung 119). Since gods could have many souls or forms of living, Egyptians also believed that gods took a form and lived on earth, possibly in animals, which were considered divine and sacred since it was a potential way of worshipping the gods. This is
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2011 for the course CLT CLT3378 taught by Professor Branscome during the Spring '09 term at FSU.

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