Did you know that the story of Adam and Eve is an origin myth?
Myth- A traditional story (usually involving supernatural or imaginary persons) that explains natural and social phenomena (happenings).
(I.e. How humans came to exist on Earth. Why humans experience pain and embarrassment. How a giraffe came to have a long neck.)
1. A MYTH may explain:
a. Customs, beliefs, traditions, or social/religious rituals
b. Natural phenomena (snake’s appearance, existence of pain, etc.)
c. Events beyond people’s control/beyond people’s explanation (why we age, why our hair grows, why people die, etc)
2. An ORIGIN myth WILL explain how humans came to exist on Earth (how people originated)
- A cosmogonic myth is a cetain type of origin myth that explains how the Earth came to exist.
3. Native American Myths Typically:
a. Include supernatural elements (gods, powers, talking animals, etc.)
b. Explain how human life or something in nature came to exist on earth
c. Show a respect for nature