Myths, legends and TOK. How do we answer the question “How was the world and man created?” Do those answers constitute knowledge of the world?. A myth is a special kind of story which tries to interpret some aspect of the world around us.
How do we answer the question
“How was the world and man created?”
Do those answers constitute knowledge of the world?
With their great stone knives, the Ungambikula carved heads, bodies, legs, and arms out of the bundles. They made the faces, and the hands and feet. At last the human beings were finished
The Ancient One, known as Unkulunkulu, is the Zulu creator. He came from the reeds (uthlanga, means source) and from them he brought forth the people and the cattle. He created everything that is: mountains,streams, snakes, etc. He taught the Zulu how to hunt, how to make fire, and how to grow food. He is considered to be the First Man and is in everything that he created.
Is the “Ancient One” the same as some religions’ notion of a supreme being, source of all creation?
“Although science may solve the question of how the universe began, it cannot answer the question: why does the universe bother to exist? I don’t know the answer to that.”
Is the theory of Hawkings a myth or does it constitute knowledge about the world?
Hawkins, S(1993):Black Holes and Baby Universes. Bantam Books, London.
Brucher, J. & Locker, T. (1999): Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places. Harcourt Brace & co., San Diego.