Mythology Essay Questions

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Write a 1050-word essay for the following questions and please cite a reference for each questions:

  • Select one creation myth from this week’s readings. What truth does the myth tell you about the culture that created it?
  • Have any of you read Neil Gaiman’s stories? What myths can you pick out from them? Is there another author you’ve read who draws inspiration from myths you would like to share?
  • Please read the article at the following link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4675953. What do you think of this idea? How can this concept from physics apply to cosmic myths?
  • Are there cosmic myths that influence your views, the views of your culture, or daily decisions? If so, which ones and how do they affect you? If not, why do cosmic myths not influence your behavior?
  • One thing I have always found interesting about the Genesis myth is that it actually contains two versions of the creation of human beings, one in which Man and Woman were created at the same time, and another in which Adam was created first, then Eve from his rib. Most people do not realize this, but a careful reading will make this clear. Take another look, from the King James Version:

“So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen 1:27)

Then, later on, in Chapter 2 of Genesis:

“And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen 2:7)

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Gen 2:21-23)

One way this was interpreted by Jewish scholars in the Middle Ages was that Adam had two wives; Eve was actually his second wife. It was explained by some that the woman created in the first chapter was Lilith.

Has anyone else heard of this previously? How is the figure of Lilith portrayed in Jewish myth?

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