Compare or Contrast Myths

Length: 3 Pages 825 Words

Compare or contrast two major female fertility deities as to character, activities and role in the myth. In the myths of the ancient world, a great deal of importance is placed on the rhythmical cycle of birth, maturity, death and rebirth. Ancient agrarian people observed the world around them, and from this observation they realized that their lives as well as every other living thing on this planet was a part of an intricate continuing cycle. Everything withered and died, but not before reproducing and continuing the cycle of life. Since female plants and animals were directly responsible for the birth of new life, people worshipped female deities to ensure that the earthly cycle of life was maintained in proper balance. One such goddess can be found in Japanese mythology. The most ancient of Japanese deities, Amaterasu is the goddess of the sun. She is also the ruler of the gods and the universe. She is revered and given considerable praise, evidenced by the fact the Japanese imperial family traces its lineage directly to the Goddess Amaterasu. This reverence is understandable, given the sun’s extreme importance in the cycle of life. Without the sun, there would be no warmth, no plants, and certainly no hum Continue...


More sample essays on Compare or Contrast Myths

    Mythology Comparison Contrast
    Mythology Comparison Contrast. Greek Mythology In my essay I will analyze my chosen creation myth. Then I will compare and contrast other creation myths. .... (692 3 )

    Compare & Contrast Two Sculptures: The Hope Athena and The Hope
    Compare & Contrast Two Sculptures: The Hope Athena and The Hope .... In other words, it made them more like real people from the past instead of simply myths. .... (1162 5 )

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    .... If you were to compare and contrast the two sculptures, "Anonymous .... (Greece, God, and Art, Liberman, pg.89) There were myths about people putting themselves .... (1354 5 )

    ties between greek and roman g
    .... with each other, whether it would be due to trading or just plain traveling, the stories of their myths have crossed .... I will compare and contrast Greek gods .... (1541 6 )

    ties between greek and roman gods
    .... with each other, whether it would be due to trading or just plain traveling, the stories of their myths have crossed .... I will compare and contrast Greek gods .... (1471 6 )

He has also committed an act of physical violence against one of her servants. In the myth of Amaterasu, her brother Susano-o-no-Mikoto has offended her by defiling her home and not respecting her. I think that this represents the fact female Goddesses, and women as a whole, need to be treated with respect and not simply as a means to an end. The time when she is in the Underworld represents the barren winter, and the when she is with her mother on Earth represents abundant spring and summer. In both myths it is also a women who is responsible for the return of the female fertility Goddesses to the world, Ame no Uzume in Amaterasu and Demeter in Persephone and Demeter. Persephone is finally allowed to return to her mother, but because Hades tricked her into eating a couple of pomegranate seeds she must go back to the Underworld for part of the year. The other Gods and Goddesses cheer so loudly in appreciation that Amaterasu becomes curious about why everybody is so happy. In both of these stories, especially in the latter, we see that a woman8217;s sexuality and fertility is something to be nurtured and respected, not plundered and exploited. It also represents the important role that women played in early Japanese culture, where they occupied the same social roles as men. Another similar fertility story is that of Demeter and Persephone from Greek mythology. Hades, God of the Underworld, wants Persephone for his bride and kidnaps her and takes her down to the Underworld. She comes out to satisfy her curiosity, and upon seeing herself in the mirror is so impressed that she returns to her position in the sky and life is renewed. Demeter and Persephone are two Goddesses, mother and daughter, who live together in a state of eternal abundance.

PROFESSIONAL ESSAYS:

Creation Myths
This research will compare and contrast the creation myths of Babylonia (Envma Elish) and the Judeo-Christian tradition (Genesis) through a discussion of the (3958 16 )

The Rise of Zeus
From sculpture and architecture to poetry and oral myths, Zeus became associated with all things good and beautiful. When we compare and contrast Zeus with (1038 4 )

The Rise of Zeus
From sculpture and architecture to poetry and oral myths, Zeus became associated with all things good and beautiful. When we compare and contrast Zeus with (1038 4 )

Standard Medical Treatment v. Chiropractic Care The subject of
This paper will compare and contrast the role of the patient and the cure, sometimes called the "medical mystique." Like many other societal myths, it is (1328 5 )

Standard Medical Treatment vs Chiropractic Care
This paper will compare and contrast the role of the patient and the cure, sometimes called the "medical mystique." Like many other societal myths, it is (1399 6 )

Gender Roles in Various Cultures
of culture-specific gender roles can yield information on the content and values of a culture and then compare and contrast the roles "'Family myths' . . . (1990 8 )