I got another assignment at school. We where asked to look at some of the creation stories, which are different religious stories of how the world began. I’m a Catholic so I believe in the geniuses story. Here are the ones that I researched.
The Genesis story-
In the beginning there was no earth or sky or sea or animals. And then God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” And right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space. “That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’”.The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.On the second day, God made the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. He stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good too!” said God and the second day was over. The next morning God looked around and thought, “the earth needs to be a bit more organized”. So, He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. Dandelions and daffodils appeared. All sorts of trees and grasses began to grow. “It’s looking great”, said God and that was the end of the third day. On the fourth day, God looked around and thought, “the daylight still needs a bit more work and the night is just too dark”. So, He made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night. He hung them in the sky and stepped back to look at his work.“This is coming along very well”, said God. The next day, God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. “I want these waters teeming with life”! As soon as He said it, it was so. In no time, there were millions of small fish darting through the shallow water and huge fish swimming in the ocean. God made birds, too. He sent them soaring through the air. “Ahh, that is good!, “said God. The dusk fell over the water and the sky grew dark and that was the end of the fifth day. On the sixth day, God added creatures to the land. He created everything from ants to zebras to the land. But He still felt something was missing. So God added Adam and Eve to enjoy and take care of all that He had created. God looked around and was happy with all He had made. After six days, the whole universe was completed. On the seventh day God had a nice long rest and enjoyed looking at all He had made.
This story to me is one of my favourites because God took his time with each creation like light and animals. He didn’t rush into it and make every thing in one day, and from that we have a great world. I also like how he only created two humans instead of taking time to personalise 1,000 humans separately, because each person is different once they enter the world. And lastly I liked how on the seventh day he looked at the world and made sure every thing was right.
The Zulu story-
before anything there was nothing, no light, just dark and one very large seed. The seed sank into the earth and from it long reeds started to grow. these were called Uthlanga which means the source of all things light. slowly a reed grew into a man, his name was Unkulunkulu (that is one long name) he was the first man and creator of all things. The larger he grew the heavier he became. Finally he got so heavy that he broke from the reeds and went for a wander. As he walked the Earth he saw other reeds growing into Men and Woman, He also saw different creatures forming so he pulled them all off. He created everything from mountains to rivers and even the sun and moon. He created every natural thing you see around you today. He taught the Men and Women how to hunt, make food and clothes, make fire and how to make houses and tents. He gave all the animals their names. Once this was all done he sent a Chameleon to tell his people that they would never die. the chameleon took forever and Unkulunkulu became impatient. so he sent a speedy lizard out to tell the people that death was on its way. The swift lizard soon overtook the Chameleon and beat him to the village. Once the lizards message was out death arrived shortly after. And it has never left mankind since.
This is my other favourite story along side the genesis story, because it makes sense and it is simple. It also tells us the explanation behind why we all pass away after a while. I also thought it was smart that he taught the men and woman how to build and cook so they can know how to survive.
The rainbow serpent-
Far off in Dreamtime, there were only people, no animals or birds, no trees or bushes, no hills or mountains.The country was flat. Goorialla, the great Rainbow Serpent, stirred and set off to look for his own tribe. He travelled across Australia from South to North. He reached Cape York where he stopped and made a big red mountain called Naralullgan. He listened to the wind and heard only voices speaking strange languages.This is not my country, the people here speak a different tongue. I must look for my own people. Goorialla left Naralullgan and his huge body made a deep gorge where he came down. He travelled North for many days and his tracks made the creeks and rivers as he journeyed North. Goorialla made two more mountains, one of the Naradunga was long made of granite, the other had sharp peaks and five caves and was called, Minalinha. One day Goorialla heard singing and said, “Those are my people, they are holding a big Bora.” At the meeting place of the two rivers, Goorialla found his own people singing and dancing. He watched for a long time, then he came out and was welcomed by his people. He showed the men how to dress properly and taught them to dance. A big storm was gathering, so all the people built humpies for shelter.Two young men, the bil-bil or Rainbow Lorikeet brothers came looking for shelter but no one had any room. They asked their grandmother, the Star Woman but she had too many dogs and couldn’t help them. the Bil-bil brothers went to Goorialla who was snoring in his humpy but he had no room. The rain got heavier and the boys went back to Goorialla and called out that the rain was heavy. Goorialla said, “All right come in now.” The Bil-bil bothers ran into Goorialla’s mouth and he swallowed them. Next morning the people found that the boys were gone and saw the tracks of Goorialla and knew that he had swallowed them.When they found goorialla they cut open his tummy and out flew two birds, The the rainbow serpent started zapping the humans and turned them into animals. But he left one man and one woman so that the human race could live, as well as the animal kingdom.
This story is my third favourite because it makes sense and it has a good idea of how the world started. But the one part that I don’t get is when he swallows the kids, he would have had some room in his cave thing, or if not could he not of just made some thing for them.
In the beginning there was only darkness. Suddenly a small bearded man, the One Who Lives Above, appeared rubbing his eyes as if just awakened. The man, the Creator, rubbed his hands together and there appeared a little girl, Girl-Without-Parents. The creator rubbed his face with his hands and there stood the Sun-God. Again Creator rubbed his sweaty brow and from his hands dropped Small-boy. Now there were four gods.Then he created Tarantula, Big Dipper, Wind, Lightning-Maker and Lightning-Rumbler. All four gods shook hands so that their sweat mixed together. Then Creator rubbed his palms together from which fell a small round, brown ball. They took turns kicking it and with each kick the ball grew larger. Creator told Wind to go inside the ball and blow it up. Then Tarantula spun a black cord which he attached to the ball and went to the east pulling as hard as he could. He repeated this exercise with a blue cord to the south, a yellow cord to the west and a white cord to the north. When he was done the brown ball had become the earth. The Creator again rubbed his hands and there appeared Hummingbird. “Fly all over this earth,” said Creator to Hummingbird, “and tell us what you see.” When he returned Hummingbird reported that there was water on the west side. But the earth rolled and bounced, so Creator made four giant posts one each black, blue, yellow and white and had Wind place them at the four cardinal points of the earth. The earth was now still. The creation of the people, animals, birds, trees.
This was my least favourite story because it was very confusing and didn’t make sense. Where did the bearded man appear from, and how come he could rub his hands and make a girl, and how did he know about Parents. And he just some how made and named a humming bird. but the part that I didn’t understand the most was the ending with the four poles in the ground.