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The purpose of myths is to answer questions to educate and to entertain How was man created Why does the earth do the things it does Cultures all throughout the ancient world tried to answer these questions in the form of myth In Greece Australia and New Zealand ancient storytellers created unique stories that entertained taught values and helped explain their worlds Even though the people of these countries were separated by thousands of miles there are an astonishing amount of similarities between their myths While the inhabitants of these regions may have looked totally different from each other their myths showed that the aspects of life for man are similarCultures that have myths normally have explanations for the creations of many different things In Greece the creation of the giants and the furies occurred after the god Cronus thrust a sharp sickle in the body of his father Uranus The oozing blood of Uranus created the above-mentioned creatures Meanwhile the people of Australia had their own creation myths In the story of The Rainbow Snake Chinimin also slewed his father with a spear His father a snake-god slithered with pain over the formless desert earth As he moved he created rivers valleys and mountains The snakes dripping blood created insects animals and finally Man Each region had a creation story in which a young brazen son stabs his ruthless father Both peoples associate blood with lifeAlthough the stories share many similar qualities differences do exist The gods of the regions differ greatly The Greek creators all possessed man-like qualities The gods of the Aborigines were animals with extraordinary powers This shows that the two cultures have a different outlook of earth By making their gods man-like the Greeks believed that humans were the supreme creatures on earth The Aborigines on the other hand made their gods animals The creation of animal gods suggests that the native peoples of Australia had a deep respect
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