The Hindu And Judeo Christian Creaion Myths

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Hinduism possesses a creation myth in the Rg Veda, just as Judeo-Christians have a creation story in the Holy Bible. Similarities and differences can both be found between the myths. Both Creation myths tell much about the beliefs and behavior of both religions. In these texts, there are some differences in the relationship between man, divinity, and their role in the world. In addition, the culture and environment in which these creation myths were created had a great effect on the content. In trying to understand parts of other religions, one can begin to understand the greater scheme of things.Just as one can tell a lot about a man by the way he dresses, one can also tell a lot about a religion by its respective creation story. The Rg Veda mentions, “With him the gods, Sadhyas, and sages sacrificed” (Rg Veda).One of the most obvious things that could be taken from the Rg Veda’s creation myth is the Hindu’s polytheistic nature. It is most obvious when it mentions the various roles of Purusa and Viraj. In Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, it is ever apparent that the Judeo-Christians only believe in the one and only God. The Bible states, “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed--the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31) The God in the Judeo-Christian creation story creates the world in six days and consecrates the seventh day as holy.The God in the Judeo-Christian creation story creates the world and all its belongings through divine command. The Holy Bible states, Then God said, "Let there be light,” and there was light” (Genesis 1:3) God says it, and it is. This represents the omnipotent nature of God. God has control of everything and understands everything. In Hinduism, there are many gods who each have their own roles and duties. There is no one god that is most powerful or controls all the others. In the Rg Veda’s creation myth, a sacrifice is what brings about the world and its dwellings. The Rg Veda states, “The Man [Purusa] has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet” (Rg Veda). The deities in Hinduism are often depicted in human or animal forms. Judaism and Christianity don’t necessarily depict God as man or animal.In the Rg Veda creation myth, sacrifice is a vital part of Hinduism as a whole. The Rg Veda states, “From that sacrifice in which everything was offered, the clarified butter was obtained, and they made it...

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