Comparative Mythology: What Similarities and Differences Between Mythos Reveal of the Human Mind

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The Greeks and the Norse are the two sectors of humanity most well known for their mythologies. Both countries have vastly different climates, the Greek were flourishing with their fertile Mediterranean soil and during the country’s prime it was considered a paradisical society. The Norse, however, were stuck with frigid stubborn land and short growing seasons. This is reflected in both mythologies as Greek Mythology, while still explaining heavy subjects such as death and illness, had a much more cheery feel compared to the constantly brooding Norse Gods. The Greek creation myth begin with Chaos a veil of nothingness that surrounds the entire universe. Chaos is also surrounded by an unending stream of water ruled by Oceanus. The …show more content…
Zeus then slipped his father a potion that would cause him to regurgitate his five siblings, Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hades. These six deities then freed the cyclopes and giants and waged war against the Titans to establish dominance.
When the long and bloody war finally ended the gods locked up the titans in the underworld, with the exception of two, Prometheus and Epimetheus. Prometheus then shaped a figure out of mud and Athena, a goddess that sprung from Zeus’ skull, then breathed life into the figure, making man. Zeus wasn’t happy about this and he then made a beautiful woman named Pandora. He gave her a box and told her not to open it. However, her curiosity got the better of her and when she opened the box all of the troubles of the world flew out along with hope. In the beginning of Norse mythology, there was Ginnungagap, the great emptiness. Out of Ginnungagap came two lands. To the South was the land of fire, Muspelheim. Muspelheim was inhabited by Surt, a fire demon who would spend eons creating his doomsday weapon, a flaming sword, that he would use to one day lay waste to all nine realms come Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse. There was only one other realm in this point in time however and that was Niflheim, a land of ice and darkness. In Niflheim there was a fountain called Hvergelmir which gave way to twelve glacial rivers in the void. The cold water from Hvergelmir and the toxic lava from Muspelheim mixed and created

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