Creation Myths: How The World Was Made

By Colin Griffin and Trevor Hnot

Narrtive, First Retold By Aldrin Acido Jamito (driN_Jam'z)

In the myth How the World Was Made there was an all Spirit named Maheo and he was the only one in the dark void. After he was in the void by himself he got lonely so he decide to create a world for people to live in cause he thought he needed to put his amazing power to use, Maheo said to himself that “What good is power, Maheo asked himself, if it is not used to make a world and people to live in it?” (Marriott, Rachlin 11). With all of his amazing power he started to create first he created a great water like a big lake but it was a salty lake, Second he created the water beings, first came the fish to have them swim in the deep daps of the water then came the mussels, snails and the crawfish. After he created all of the water beings he created something to live on the surface of the water so he created snow geese, mallards, teal, coots, terns, and loons....

Maheo said he wanted to see all of the creation he has made, so then he created light. After the light came there from darkness he finally saw all of his creations he thought they were so beautiful, the snow goose came over to Maheo and said to him and explained to him how birds were not like fish “Sometimes we get tired swimming. Sometimes we would like to get out of the water” (Marriott, Rachlin 12), then Maheo made it so that the birds could fly. The loon came to Maheo and asked him for land because there were tired of swimming and flying, the loon and all of the other birds wanted the land the most for to build their nest there. Maheo said to the birds that he needed a lot of help to create something like that so all of the birds tried to fly up high and try to dive to the bottom of the lake to get mud for Maheo so he could create land from it but every single bird couldn’t do it, it was too hard for them. After all the birds tried to help Maheo a little coot came swimming by and Maheo asked the little coot to help them, the little coot said yes to help. The coot took off to the bottom of the lake and he was gone a long, long time then after a little bit he came swimming back to the surface of the lake. When the coot got to the surface of the water he put the ball of mud into Maheos hand and Maheo began to roll it bigger and bigger, but Maheo had nothing to put the ball of mud on so all of the swimming water peoples came swimming to Maheo. All of the water creations did not have the surface that Maheo needed, after all of the water people tried there was only one more left and it was Grandmother Turtle.
Maheo took the big ball of mud and put it on the back of Grandmother Turtle’s back and he started to create the earth, First Maheo created on the earth was grass, tress, and flowers. Then Maheo pulled out one of his right ribs and created the first man to walk on earth, then Grandmother said to Maheo that the man was alone so then Maheo pulled a left rib out of him and created the first woman. After that was done Maheo created animals to help the humans live, Maheo gave the humans deer to feed them and to use them for clothing. Then Maheo just watched his creations day by day and he was so happy how beautiful they were.

Interpertation By Colin Griffin and Trevor Hnot

The myth of creation looks into the way the world was first made. When the creation of the earth is revealed, the result shows what other cultures believed, and the essence of the myth creates controversy on what really happened. The value of creation myths show how different cultures are, and how the world came to be.
Through out our research of creation myths we learned a few different things about them. Pretty much the meaning of a creation myth inside of one’s culture is to teach and tell others within the culture about how and where the world they live in came to be. From belief to belief creation myths can be very different but still tell the same thing. A value of a creation myth is to express how, one person, or a group of people thought the world was created. Another value of a creation myth is to show that not everyone believes the same thing, and different people have different ways of doing certain things.
Jerry Bergman, a part of the Creation Social Science & Humanities Society, wrote an essay on “The Origin of Creation Myths”, and this is his view on the purpose of creation myths:
Many other so-called "creation accounts" are likewise stories, written not necessarily to inform the reader of the means of physical creation, but to teach some moral principle via obvious folk-hero stories or to instruct a culture about some tradition (Hasel, 1974). In this regard they are quite distinct from the Biblical account which contains much of what Hasel (1974) calls "antimythical polemic." In other words, the Bible contains statements indicating that it is not lobe considered mere "myth." Many creation myths, on the other hand, only incidentally refer to creation. Their primary purpose is not, it seems, to describe creation. Many, like the Gilgamesh Epic discussed above are concerned primarily with problems of living and life.
These myths have great value and meaning and should be shown more in classrooms. Not like evolution vs. creation, but myths from different cultures just to give students and idea of what other believed and how interesting it really is.

Works Cited

Albert, Susan Wittig. World Literature. Austin, [Tex.: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1998. Print.