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Torrefiel Neil Lucero The creation of man and the world is a question that has resonated since the conscience of thought and analysis began We as human beings have the tendency to seek out the reasons and truths of the phenomena that occur around us and our desire to achieve answers has not hindered our exploration of human existence We tease ourselves by asking the most simplistic questions why are we here how did we come to be who created our world And as our minds seek into the unknown and force us to develop the theories of our origins the human hunger for reason and truth begs to differ Stories have collected throughout the generations that have preceded us and its transition from person to person further molded these myths into a realistic fantasy that not only defined the people that held them but captured believers that in effect became religion As wide as cultural boundaries may seem the myths that exist in different societies exhibit a common thread of understanding whether it be character personas or moral comprehension Three myths that demonstrate similarities in the development of forces are the Japan Polynesian and Babylonian myths In the Japanese creation myth the characters Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto give birth to a many children who make up the world in which we live in today 8 of their children are the islands of Japan and the others include the god of the wind gods of the sea god of fire and god of mischief These gods make up the forces that create life on earth In the Polynesian creation myth the characters Father Rangi and Mother Papa also produce many children Tu is the fierce father and god of war-spirited humans Tane is the father and god of trees birds and insects Rongo is the father and god of edible cultivated plants Tangaroa is the father of fish and
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