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Irish Creation Stories. By Nikki Pierce. Creation Myth #1. Giants were regarded as the ancient, original gods Tale begins with the very first winter Enormous giant created from “hoarfrost” Fire came The remnants of the giants body formed the universe. Body=World Blood=Seas and Oceans

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irish creation stories

Irish Creation Stories

By Nikki Pierce

creation myth 1
Creation Myth #1
  • Giants were regarded as the ancient, original gods
  • Tale begins with the very first winter
  • Enormous giant created from “hoarfrost”
  • Fire came
  • The remnants of the giants body formed the universe.
    • Body=World
    • Blood=Seas and Oceans
    • Bones=Mountains
    • Hair=Forests and Trees
    • Skull=Sky
cont of creation myth 1
Cont. of Creation Myth #1
  • Gods lived on the mountainous hills in the heart or core of the Earth.
  • Below the valleys was the underworld, home of the dead
  • Gods were very superstitious and mysterious
creation myth version 2
Creation Myth Version #2
  • Heaven and Earth were great giants
  • Their children lived in the darkness between
  • One son led brothers to cut Heaven into pieces
  • Heaven’s skull made the firmament
cont of version 2
Cont. of Version #2
  • His blood spilt and great flood killed everyone except single pair.
  • Saved by some sort of ship
  • Waters settled in hollows to become the oceans
creation myth and culture
Creation Myth and Culture
  • Pattern of Creation
    • Most tell very vague story
    • Most stories have places

existing already

  • Attributes and Deities
    • Around 33 gods and

goddesses

    • Both mortal and immortal
    • Revitalized after dying
    • Had shape-changing powers
    • Very human but heroic and

influenced

cont of myth and culture
Cont. of Myth and Culture
  • Evil and the Afterlife
    • No specific mention of evil
    • Afterlife was thought to be automatic
    • No fear of death
  • Values and Beliefs
    • Kinship ties
    • Rank
    • Competition for wealth