Directions: Read below lecture, view videos/articles. Response should be between 300-400 words long and meet criteria outlined within lecture. MLA citations.
Nine Types of Cosmogonic Myth
When people think of “myths” they often have in mind stories about the creation of the world. These are called cosmogonic myths from the Greek word cosmogonía where cosmo(s) is world, cosmos, universe and gón(os) is creation, genesis, production. Among the Learning Resources for Week Two are cosmogonic myths from these traditions: Norse, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Abrahamic (from the biblical book of Genesis), Maori, Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Yoruba.
In this week’s discussion you should choose FOUR of the cosmogonic myths (see below), and identify the category to which each belongs, according to Marta Weigle’s typology of creation myths. Weigle’s nine types are described in the Learning Resource called “Types of Creation Myths.” (below)They are: (1) Accretion / Conjunction, (2) Secretion, (3) Sacrifice, (4) Division / Consummation, (5) Earth-diver, (6) Emergence, (7) Two Creators, (8) Deus faber (God the maker), and (9) Ex nihilo (Out of Nothing).
For each of the four creation myths, do the following: Name which of Weigle’s mythic types you are discussing, provide a brief summary of the aspect of the myth that illustrates the type, and make clear why you have identified the myth as belonging to that type.
Blackfoot Creation and Origins http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/blkftcreation.html
Norse Mythology – Creation of the Universe https://youtu.be/0_OBq865VjI
Norse Mythology – Creation of the World
Creation Story of the Yoruba (West Africa) http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-twoworld…
Types of Creation Myths http://www.billstifler.org/HUM2130/files/2D-001-01…