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Creation, destruction, and renewal were very important parts of the Hebrew and Mayan cultures. They had different stories explaining how their Gods created mankind, destroyed mankind, and renewed it. In the Hebrew creation story, Genesis, God created the vegetation, the animal kingdom, and humankind in that order. God then created a flood to destroy mankind for their evil thoughts. He then chose Noah to renew mankind with his ark. In the Mayan creation story, the Popol Vuh, the Gods attempted to create mankind four times. It starts with the creation of the animals, that could not speak or praise. Then people were created from mud, but they were constructed poorly and fell apart. The Gods tried using wood to build mankind, although they could speak, they could not feel. In the end the wood people were destroyed and mankind was created using corn. In these two culture these texts were very sacred to the people.
In Genesis and the Popol Vuh the creators wanted similar and different things for their creations. One of the differences between these stories is the reason the creators created the people. It is evident in the Popol Vuh that the people were created to worship the Gods. This is shown in the first creation when the Gods had failed because what he created could not talk or worship him. Whereas in Genesis, God created mankind in his own image not for them to worship him but to be good. Secondly in both of these stories, the Gods wanted their creations to behave a certain ways. In the Popol Vuh, the Gods wanted the creations to idolize them. This is one of the reasons it took him four tries to create the perfect people. Contradicting to the Popol Vuh, in Genesis God wanted for their people to be fruitful and to multiply. Also he wanted them to enjoy the world he created for them fully. One of the major similarities between these two stories is how they end. In both of these stories the Gods are happy with their creations. In Genesis, after the destruction, God vows never to destroy the earth again. Similarly in the Popol Vuh, the Gods were happy with his creations once their...

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