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Good vs. Evil in “Genesis” and “The World on the Turtle’s Back”

A myth is a story that reflects a culture’s values, hopes, and purpose. A creation myth is a culture’s story about man’s origin on earth and how good and evil came to exist. Those are two types of myths that are demonstrated in “Genesis” and “The World on the Turtle’s Back.” The creation myth, “The World on the Turtle’s Back,” is what the Iroquois believe had happened, and the myth, “Genesis,” is what Christians and Jews believe had happened. By exploring plots, symbols, and the philosophy of each story, we will find some major differences, and similarities. Even though some ideas are hard to believe and fully understand, it is how a particular culture views how the world came to be. In the two myths, some ideas are very close and believable while others are drastically different and might contradict what was said earlier in the story. When you compare and contrast the ideas of the two myths, you can learn a lot about each culture and their beliefs. It is imp...

Posted by: Leonard Herriman

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