Unformatted text preview: sacred objects in 660 BC.
emperor Folk Cosmogonies of India
Motif 1: The earth is stolen by some unknown force, and
earth’s creator sends messengers to bring it back.
Motif 2: Earth and live arose from the body parts of a
sacrificed person or god.
Motif 3: Earth formed on its own, rising from the sea.
Motif 4: A man dives to the bottom of the ocean and retrieves
earth to form land.
Motif 5: Sun (male) and Moon (female) created mankind and
sun and moon will eventually destroy mankind.
Motif 6: A brother and sister survive a world flood to start the
next human race. Folk Cosmogonies of China
Brother/sister motif: The earth is flooded, destroying all of
mankind except for the brother and sister. They are save by
floating in a gourd. The gourd lands on a mountain top as the
They are told to propagate the next human race. They object,
because they are brother and sister.
The brother is told to walk around the mountain. While he is
gone, his sister is given an illness that disfigures her face.
When they meet again, he thinks she is a stranger, so have can
now have children.
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