Examples of Creation Myths
The Ancient Hebrews - One told of an all-powerful Being who brought order to a chaotic world of water. Over six days he created, in succession, ligh; Heaven; the earth with its dry land, oceans, and plants; the sun, moon, and stars; aquatic animals, flying creatures, and land animals; and finally, in his own image, man and woman.
The Maya - According to the Popol Vuh, the only thing that existed was the calm sea. The creators, K'ucumatz and Tepew, first made the earth, and then made animals. They then assigned each animal its own place to live in the newly created world. The creators ordered the animals to speak so that they might praise the creators for their work. The animals could not speak; so they decided to create people so they can speak. The first people, made of mud, could speak, buth they had no minds and dissolved in water. Then the creators made people out of wood who multiplied and spread across the earth. THey could speak but lacked blood and minds, and they did not remember the creators who made them. The creators ordered thtat they be destroyed. Birds plucked out their eyes, and jaguars devoured their woody flesh. Some of these wooden, nevertheless, managed to escape into the jungle, where all that remains of them today are the monkeys. According to the Maya, this is why monkeys ar similar to human beings. Finally, the fox, the coyote,the parrot, and the cow told the creators about the yellow and white corn that grew n the earth. The creators ground and mixed the yellow and white corn into a meal from whith they made the flesh and blood of the first true people. These people had blood and minds, and they worshiped the gods who created them and the world in which they lived.