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What’s the Enuma Elish? West Asian religion

By |2019-05-29T09:30:26-07:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Clay tablets with cuneiform writing of the Enuma Elish Story of Creation By about the time of Hammurabi, about 1700 BC, people in the Babylonian Empire were beginning to write down this story about the creation of the world. Hammurabi of Babylon Mesopotamian religion West Asian cuneiform All our West Asia articles The name, Enuma Elish, comes [...]

Maya gods and rituals – Central American religion

By |2017-09-10T13:09:15-07:00September 10th, 2017|Central America, Religion|

Maya pyramid at Tonina (ca. 700 AD) Maya people believed that the world was created by One Deer. One Deer created the mother and father of the gods (like Brahma and Gayatri or Gaia and Kronos). Then the mother and father created many other gods. They created the gods of the crops like the Corn God, the god [...]

Creation and the Jewish Bible

By |2019-04-27T16:25:38-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

God creates the Sun and the Moon, in a medieval European painting God creates order from Chaos Many of the Jewish people in West Asia believed that at the beginning of time God created order out of Chaos. This is what is written in the beginning of the Bible, in the book called Genesis. What is [...]

Pueblo creation myth – Native American religion

By |2019-04-10T12:07:08-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|

Sunlight seen from inside a cave like the one in this Pueblo creation myth Where did Pueblo people come from? Long ago, Pueblo people lived far away up north. At first they lived underground, in a holy place called Sipapu. Then people climbed up through a hole in the earth into the sunlight [...]

Navajo creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:31-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|

Lake Isabelle, Colorado People didn't always live here, where they live now. First they walked through four different worlds. These other worlds were inside the earth. It was dark there. First people would get along, then they would fight and so the people would leave and go to another world, and then the [...]

Inuit creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:45-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|

An Inuit carving of a bird First there were giants. The giants lived on the land and ate plants that they gathered. One day, when it was almost winter, a mother giant and a father giant had a baby girl. Her name was Sedna. As the days got shorter, Sedna got bigger and bigger. Every [...]

Native American religion – Early North America

By |2018-04-12T08:53:20-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|

Navajo dancers There were many different groups of people living in North America. They spoke different languages. They had different kinds of houses and clothes. But they still all had some religious ideas in common. For instance, pretty much everyone in North America had a creation story about how the earth was made and how their people got to be on [...]

Native American creation myths

By |2019-04-27T21:32:36-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

Native American creation myths - A cross-legged man from Spiro Mound (modern Oklahoma), 900-1450 AD Where did Native people come from? Each group of people in North America had their own story about where the world came from and where they came from. Native American creation myths are very different from each other. Here [...]

Chinook creation myth – Native American religion

By |2019-03-28T20:32:45-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

Chinook Thunderbird totem pole How were the first Chinook born? In the beginning, the first men came down from the sky. They were Thunderbird's children. Thunderbird laid eggs on Saddle Mountain (in modern Oregon). Early Chinook history More Native creation stories All our Native American articles Then a giantess - a really enormous [...]

Cherokee creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

The Atlantic ocean Long ago, the earth was just a big island, floating in a bigger ocean. The earth was hanging from four cords coming down from the sky, which was made of solid rock. It was dark all the time and the animals couldn't see where they were going, so they got the sun and set it in a [...]