Class Notes (836,275)
Canada (509,737)
Religion (49)
RELI 216 (16)

religon 5.docx

2 Pages
Unlock Document

RELI 216
Howard Joseph

Cosmogony questions from lecture 1. Descibe the characteristics of the Creator Deity in myths related to “Creation from Nothing.” - powerful symbolism of a deity who creates from noting is symbolic tour de force against cultural histories as the basis for a new founding and ordering of the world and the human community. - Power for the deity in myths – establishes the cosmos as unrelated to and discontinuous from, all other structures before the statement of creation. - Deity appears out of nothingness, autonomous, self-created, no family, - The deliberate process of creation = willful volition and the fact that creation is brought forth as a form of perfection from a supreme being - Creation deity in myths = often symbolized by the sky or sky deities (s - Ultimately, creation from nothing emphasizes that creation is not mere ordering or even founding but has come forth as a powerful religio-magical evocation from a powerful supreme being 2. What are the characteristics of the “Creation from a Cosmic Egg” type of Cosmogony? - Many myths involving creation from chaos = symbolism of a cosmic egg/ ovoid shape out of which creation or the first created being emerges - Egg = symbol of fertility - Egg myths  potency for creation within the egg and incubation of egg = implies a time- ordered creation, and specific determination regarding order. - Hermann Baumann  one motif of egg symbolism has to do with the statement and resolution of the problem of sexual rivalry and its origin in megalithic cultural circles. - H.B.  there is an early stage in megalithic cultures in which the meaning of creation is expressed in the for of a sky father and earth mother as sexually differentiated deities; there is another stage in which the parents are separated and many reside within the egg as twins. - Symbolism of the egg also means a state of primordial perfection out of which the created order proceeds. 3. What are “Earth-Diver Myths”? Provide examples of the types and range of myth. - In earth-diver myths water = the primordial stuff of the beginning - (TYPE Antagonism between two creative
More Less

Related notes for RELI 216

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.