:Please note that I was sick during the big talk about what your meant to do and it’s not on the blog so please excuse my errors!:
I chose the Hot Success Criteria so I need to find 4 points of view to a creation story! I am just going to write the 4 stories and then I will do the summary and differences in the end of the post. Here goes:
In the beginning God created it all in 7 days.. Day 1. God said “Let there be light!’ So he could see. He called the light Day and the darkness Night. Day 2. God said “Let there be sky, land and seas! Day 3. God said “Let the land produce trees and plants!” Day 4. God said “Let there be the sun for day and the moon and stars for night!” Day 5. God said “Let the water fill with creatures and the air fill with birds!” Day 6. God said “Let the land fill with creatures!” God saw his work and he was very proud. Day 7. God blessed the 7th day and rested for his proud work.
Before anything there was only darkness and a very large seed. The seed sank into the Earth firmly. Long reeds sprouted out of the seed. Uthlanga was the name of the reeds which means source of everything. Steadily one reed grew into a man. Unkulunkulu was the name of him he was later known as the creator of everything. The larger the man grew the heavier he became. Finally Unkulunkulu was fully grown and he broke from the reed. As he was investigating the Earth he saw other men and women falling from reeds. He pulled of creatures and cattle. He created lakes, mountains, hills and streams. Then he made weather and the sun and the moon. Unkulunkulu created everything we see and use today. He taught the other humans how to live. He named everything. Once his work was done he set a chameleon to send the message so his people that he will never die. The chameleon was doing his mission slowly, very slowly. After several days Unkulunkulu became inpatient and angry so he sent a message by a speedy chameleon saying that the people will die. Shortly the chameleon makes it way to village and sure enough death came to them.
Before everything there was a dark swirl of chaos called Nu. Atum rose out of the waters creating himself from sheer force and will. He created a hill to stand on. It was lonely in the world. It was genderless and had one eye that could through the whole universe. He joined with his shadow and made a son and a daughter. He spit out his daughter Tefnut the goddess of moisture and mist. Next he spat his son Shu the God of air. Atum gave them the task of making a world with law, order and stability. They divided the chaos into light and darkness. They called the order Maat, He created the principles of life and he was a beautiful white feather. Shu and Tefnut made Geb the Earth and Nut the Sky. At first they were fused into one but then Shu pushed them apart making Nut arched over Geb. They were made to be together but Maat separated them so they can make the most out of their abilities. Nut made rain and Geb made plants to grow. As the God of sky Nut gave birth to the sun after dawn everyday and then delivering it again after it’s daily death at sunset. Shu and Tefnut made the other gods. Isis the queen of the gods, Hathor, the god of love and beauty. And more such as Osiris the god of wisdom and justice And Seth the god of evil. Lastly Thror the king of wisdom and Nephthys the protector of the dead. Sadly the chaos was not fully divided yet into Maat’s judgement and Shu and Tefnut were lost into the deep dark waters of Nu. Atum panicked and sent his all seeing eye to find the pair. When they returned safely Atum was so happy and relived he cried tears of joy which shaped into men. These men were to live in the order of Maat. The gods protected the men for to create a new world…
Before the world we had today we had First World, a world of nothing but darkness and emptiness. The only sprouts of life were 6 beings. They beings were First Man, First Woman, Coyote, Women of Salt, Fire God and the child of the son Begochiddy. Begochiddy created four mountains in the face of the directions, White for East, Black for North, Blue in the South and Yellow for west. But there was still no light and life and the First Beings left due to boredom and put all of their creations into a hollow reed which would grow in height. The reed grew to a second world which was vast and blue. The only inhabitants were “Cat People” who didn’t accept visitors. They fought in a long war and after too long the First Being took their creations and grew the reed to the Third World which was stunningly beautiful and full of endless light. The first people quickly set their camps there and populated the world. Begochiddy created natural marks and hills such as lakes, mountains, caves and creatures like birds and horses. They were living in harmony. One morning Coyote was walking when he found a baby, the son of the Water Monster from the third world. He quietly hid the baby under his blanket and walked away. When the Water Monster couldn’t find his baby he was enraged and sent rain down all over the third world. The First Being retreated to the reed and forced Coyote to give back the baby but the world was already flooded and they were floating to the Fourth World. The world was not as beautiful and light as the third but they had to made-do. Begochiddy created the stars, moon and sky and they all had many children. This place was then announced as the world of the Navajos.
Overall I thought they were all very similar. They all had one God or a few that created everything except the Zulu that I found very interesting. All of the stories were about change and I actually think that they reflect on day to day life. One thing I found interesting is that they all had a different approach on a complete world. The Genesis Story was about a lively bright and busy world when Zulu was about a world about survival and population. The Egyption Story was massively about the purpose of life instead of the physical gifts of life. From the four stories I saw the world wasn’t made by a natural event just a group of Gods that made everything. They all were really good stories and I think they all had the same realism making them not compete with each other.
1. Genesis Story.
I really like how this story isn’t perfect. He didn’t create a world with law and order and a world with task and meaning he just made the base of the world and let the creatures develop the world. I think it really shows how smart God is and that he trusted us to shape this world. He could have worried that we would fail and make every little detail himself.
I really liked this story because of the curiosity. Unkulunkulu was just thrown into this world and he made the choice to lead this new area by his own will. I also like that everything was made from a natural source, it really proves that nature is boss and nature is as powerful and responsible for this world as any human being. Obviously I’m bias with the Genesis story because I am catholic but I would believe this story if I wasn’t.
I enjoyed this story because it was about making the world the counts. How Maat separated the two gods to make their powers work was really smart. I think it is a sign of sacrifice and even loyalty. I also like that these gods made change instead of floating around in darkness afraid to do anything different. However I did not like that humans were an accident and that they were happy with living a lonely life for ever.
Unfortunately this story is my least favourite. The fact that the First Beings had to find the perfect world and that they were involved in bar bugs me. I do like however that multiple gods made everything not one overpowering god. Again I like that nature acts as a saviour in this story. I would have to say also they were very strong to be able to have to find a new place as their old one was flooded.
The site I used was The Myth and all the stories are in my own words.