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Inuit creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:45+00:00August 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 creation myths

By |2018-04-12T08:53:19+00:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

A cross-legged man from Spiro Mound (modern Oklahoma), 900-1450 AD Each group of people in North America had their own story about where the world came from and where they came from. Here are some examples: Pueblo creation myth Navajo creation myth Chinook creation myth Cherokee creation myth Inuit creation myth Nobody really knows whether [...]

Who is Zeus? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-23T13:52:31+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

The god Zeus is the lightning and the thunder Zeus was, for many people in ancient Greece, the king of the gods. Homer shows Zeus this way in the Iliad, for example. But mainly, Zeus is a sky god. People thought of him as living on top of a mountain (Mount Olympus). When he is angry he throws lightning bolts out [...]

Who is Poseidon? Greek gods

By |2018-09-17T09:02:48+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

The god Poseidon rules the ocean Ocean god Poseidon The Greeks thought of the god Poseidon as a god of violent, unpredictable movement. He is most often the god of the ocean, which is of course the biggest, most unpredictable, and most dangerous thing around. Many Greeks spent a lot of time sailing on the ocean, and they paid [...]

Trojan Horse Story – Greek mythology

By |2017-12-27T12:09:25+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Earliest picture of the Trojan Horse story, on a  Greek vase ca. 670 BC The end of the Trojan War After the events of the Iliad and the death of Hector, the Trojan War still wasn't over. Neither the Greeks nor the Trojans seemed to be able to win, until one of the Greek kings, Odysseus of [...]

Theseus and Ariadne – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T13:37:37+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus leaves Ariadne on Delos - fresco painting from Pompeii Theseus and Ariadne were on their way home from Crete after killing the Minotaur. But when they got to the island of Delos, halfway home from Crete, they stopped to rest. Ariadne fell asleep, and Theseus left her there on the island and sailed away to Athens without her. [...]

Tantalus’ Crime and Punishment

By |2018-06-10T23:32:21+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Tantalus' crime and punishment: This Italian vase from the 300s BC shows a different version of the story where a spirit holds Tantalus back from a basket of bread and a jug of water Who was Tantalus in Greek myth? Tantalus (TAN-ta-luss) was a Greek king (and a son of Zeus) who was so full of hubris that he thought he could fool [...]

Phaethon and the Chariot of the Sun – Greek myth

By |2017-07-16T01:31:46+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Phaethon drives Helios' chariot Phaethon was a little boy who lived alone with his mother. He started going to school, and the other children teased him because he didn't have any father. So when he got home he asked his mother, "Mom, who is my father?" At first his mother didn't want to tell him, [...]

Perseus and Andromeda – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:45:26+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Medusa's sisters, from an Athenian Proto-Geometric vase about 675-650 BC So Perseus took the winged sandals and the sword and the shield and he said thank you and he flew to where Medusa's cave was. She lived there with her two sisters who were ugly too like her. When Perseus got there all three sisters were asleep. Perseus remembered [...]

Penthesileia and Achilles – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T10:11:12+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Achilles and Penthesileia, on an Athenian vase painted by Exekias Penthesileia (pen-tha-sill-AY-ah) was the Queen of the Amazons, in Greek mythology. The Amazons were a group of warriors who were all women and girls. Penthesileia's story happens a little before the time of the Trojan War, in the Late Bronze Age. So Penthesileia and the Amazons lived to [...]