Creation Myths across Cultures
There are many different beliefs about how the world was created. People believe it happened in different ways. In the world of Zulu the world was just darkness and one very large seed. The seed began to grow. These seeds were called Uthlange, which means the source of all things. The seeds grew slowly and eventually grew into a man. The man grew so big the plant could not keep the man on it so he fell off. Then he walked up and down the land and he saw more men and women growing off the plants (The big Myth, 2011).
In the world Inca beginning, with Pachacamac the son rose slowly from Lake Titicaca. He was so bright in the sky all by himself so he made the stars, and the planets and the moon. The moon was
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In the Inca myth the sun was the first to create and was represented by the pronoun he. In the Zulu myth the first seed grew into a man who was the creator of all things. Both myths talk about men and women in a familial setting and are created first even before animals, streams, etc. One difference between the two myths deals with the relation of creator and those things created. In the Zulu myth the seed is the creator but only by impregnating the earth. After that, the first man, Unkulunkulu, was the teacher of all the others. He was the one to pull off the animals, fish, and creator of everything seen. Nothing more is said of the seed. In the Inca myth we see a more active part of the creator and his creation. It is mentioned that the sun and moon, Pachacamac and Pachamama, noticed that humans were not able to survive on their own, so they produced a son and a daughter and sent them to earth to teach mankind skills to survive. The relationship between creator and creation shows a more familial role.
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