Creation Around the World
DIRECTIONS: After having read and compared Genesis to Theogony, please use the Big Myth Program in the
English Lab (123) to view two creation stories of your choice. All of the stories may be accessed form the
lab, but only some are available from home: www.bigmyth.com.
Compare and contrast BOTH creation stories to Genesis/New Testament and/or the
You will be asked to make an educational poster based on your findings
and present to the class.
Answer the following questions for each creation story. Next
class, you will turn your findings into a poster.
is the basic story? Note characters’
names and story events.
was there before the world was created?
is the universe/world created? Provide specifics and names when possible.
living creatures were creatures (besides man)?
is man created? Provide specifics and names when possible.
it a succession story?
the theme of usurpation occur? Has
power been “stolen” by a character? How?
there any evidence of disobedience like in the New Testament Story? If
so, what is the transgression and punishment that appear?
the New Testament, evil appears in the form of the serpent, who tempts
Eve. Does the story have any
evidence of evil? Explain.
- How is
the story etiological (besides being about the creation of the
cosmos/world/life)? Consider what
natural events are explained. What does the story tell you about this
culture? Consider characteristics (i.e., docile or warring), geography, religious