Read the “Introduction” (pp. 2-6) to Part 1 (“So It Begun: Cosmogonies and
Gods, Heroes, and Monsters
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, in order to review
what kinds of creation
narratives we have and what are their main characteristics and differences.
In the first half, write your own (original) creation narrative, which can focus on
cosmogony (creation of the cosmos), theogony (creation and succession of gods), or
anthropogony (creation of humans), or all of the above. Your narrative has to be original:
it can contain elements that are present in ancient stories but cannot be a copy of any one
of them. You can write it in the form of a prose narrative or in verse or as a song,
however you choose.
– In the second half, explain what kind of decision making went into your writing. You
may consider, for instance, whether you went for a monotheistic or polytheistic world;
how you imagined that the world/gods/humans came about; whether you were using any
particular text or tradition as a point of reference; or if your own beliefs or experiences
affected how you wrote your creation story – or any other relevant questions.
– Citations/References: make sure to cite (i.e., reference) two or more ancient works (e.g.,
“… I was inspired by the creation narrative in Hesiod’s
Theogony, GHM 1.5”). NO SEPARTE REFERENCE SHEET needed.
– 500-600 words needed