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Creation Myths& Sacred Narratives of CreationUnit I: Origins and Creation Myths
Stan Mulder writes: ...Every culture has a story that tries to explain its human origins. This is simply a normal human phenomenon. The lucky cultures are the ones whose creation myths contain some humor and kindness....
A people's belief about the world's beginnings is usually called a creation myth, mythology, story, or tale by other peoples. It should be noted, however, that to the people involved, these are not myths or stories. They are real, not in a linear, literal, scientific sense, but nevertheless real, and part of the authentic plurality of humankind's truths.
In lieu of providing examples for students, students may search on their own. In groups of three or four (approximately five groups) , choose to search one of the following:
African Creation Stories
Australian Aboriginal Stories
Japanese Creation Stories
Creation Stories of India
Greek Origin Stories
Babylonian Creation Stories
Chinese Creation Stories
Share the important aspects or your story with your classmates and then discuss similarities across cultures.