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Creation as seen through Greco-Roman Norse and Mesopotamian Beliefs For as long as human beings have had language they have had myths Mythology is our earliest form of literary expression and the foundation of all history and morality 1 Back Cover Myths form many purposes in society In some societies the myth is used for the purposes of entertaining the masses In other cases it is used for educational purposes such as explaining why certain things occur like the rising and setting of the sun or what occurs to us when we die or the changing of the seasons There is also another use for myths they help us to philosophize as to who we are and where we came from as well as where we are going the beginning and the end 2 xvi All the different uses of myths are astounding especially when viewed from the point that with all of the different cultures that have formed in so many different atmospheres all over the world all throughout time The majority of them have many similarities in the way that they used their myths as well as to what occurs in those myths Particularly interesting is how the theories of creation developed and the parallels that can be found in many of these cultures If we take a closer look at some of the different theories of creation one of the most interesting reoccurring themes is the belief that all was created from nothingness Each culture has a name for it but it is commonly referred to as the void For example The Greco-Roman theory of creation refers to the void as Chaos In the beginning there was only Chaos who is not quite a god but a shapeless and confused mass of elements This was all there was for who knows how long 3 The Norse believed that at the beginning of time there was Niflheim which was an
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