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Parallelism in Greek and Inuit Mythology The very early creation legends are difficult to trace to their original sources since they were passed along by word of mouth from one generation to the next There are many different legends about the origin of the earth some similar to those told in other cultures It is interesting that most of these legends can be tied together in one or more ways The Greek and Inuit tribe versions of early existence are related in many ways In both interpretations there is one creator The Greek version explains that Eurynome the goddess of all things rises naked from chaos and finds nothing for her feet to stand on She then separates the sea from the sky and dances upon the waves to the south where later her hands would turn into a serpent Switzer 10 Similarly in the Inuit interpretation a raven is born out of darkness and chaos He searches around the dark trying to find his position he finds water grass and trees After contemplating about who he is and what makes the grass grow he eventually realizes that he is the Raven Father the creator of all life Ingpen 67 Secondly both interpretations use the bird as the principal creator of all things It is thought that Eurynome is the author of the universe She becomes pregnant when her serpent hands coil around her Next she assumes the form of a dove and lays a huge egg which the serpent keeps warm until it hatches The egg brings forth all the things that now exist the sun moon planets stars and the earth with its mountains valleys stream lakes all living creatures including the first humans Switzer 11 In like manner Raven flies through the darkness and finds a new land for which he calls Earth One day he notices a giant pea pod and watches it as it splits open and produces a man
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