Raven The Creator Essay

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Sydney Skinner
Professor Sculley
ENG 216 D
20 March 2015 Mythology can be defined as a narrative formerly passed down through oral traditional that contains extraordinary characters and seeks to explain the creation of the world. These ancient myths typically seek to explain the creation of the world through supernatural phenomenon such as thunder or the flap of a birds wings. Superhuman characters are not easily relatable which may call into question whether mythology can be taught to a child reader. However, many of the mythical beings also depict humanlike traits and emotions. A child who has read the Inuit myth “Raven the Creator” would have a clearer understanding of what a myth is through its purpose and characters. A creation myth seeks to explain the creation of the world and the purpose of the world’s construction. In “Raven the Creator” the Raven is the creator of all things before the beginning of time. He forms the land and waters with the beats of his wings. A typical myth is usually set in a dim and unfamiliar time. In the story, Raven filled the cold and silent earth beneath him with pea-pod plants that continued to grow. However, a man was born from that peapod which the Raven unknowingly created. This tale explains how the Raven created animals, plants and humans, both men and women, in order to sustain life on Earth. Although many of the characters in myth are superhuman, they possess human like qualities that many can relate to which may seek to explain why they are passed down from one generation to the next. Many of these myths were created in order to express values and belief systems of various cultures. In this myth, there are feelings of greed as well as fear. Greed is depicted when the Raven has to hide the sheep from man because of his incredible appetite. Fear is portrayed when the Raven creates the bear to ensure man understands his limits. This method could also be used as a teaching tool for adults and children of many cultures around the world. Myths are often passed down from generations as a way of teaching morals, creating values, and enhancing beliefs. Many times ancient myths contain mythical creatures or superhuman characters with anthropomorphic traits in order to attract the reader and create feelings of unity. In the myth, Raven the Creator, the Raven flies to Earth and lifts his beak above his head