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Was the story of Adam and Eve influenced by Sumerian Ninti and Enki?

This idea based on the Sumerian myth known as Enki and Ninhursag (see ANET, pp. 37-41) keeps popping up, especially in popular literature and on the internet. Kramer, however, did give credence to it, ...
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To the Greeks, how was the Earth created?

First, there was nothing. Absolutely nothing. Then, In the beginning there was only Chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable place where death dwells, and Night. All else was ...
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Does Iroquois legend tell where the Sky People came from?

There isn't much to go on with this one. The best first source I can find is a book called Myths and Legends of the New York State Iroquois, by Harriet Maxwell Converse, 1908. It's about as good of a ...
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How long ago was the Dreaming?

The Aboriginal people are protective of their culture, and they do not share all of their stories with the rest of the world. For them, much of what transpired is a private matter, and so only some ...
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In Ho-Chunk mythos, how was the world created?

The entire story can be found here. This story deals with a Creator god (Earthmaker) who was alone in space, with nothing around him. His first "creation" was his tears, which forms oceans, lakes, ...
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Is there any explanation in greek mythology for the creation of Uranus and Gaea?

Well, before Gaea and Uranus there were a few gods, but not many. In the Greek story of creation it says In the beginning there was only Chaos. Then out of the void appeared Erebus, the unknowable ...
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Is there any explanation in greek mythology for the creation of Uranus and Gaea?

The site that michaelpri gives is incorrect. Here is the relevant passage in Hesiod, starting at line 116: First Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth (Gaia), the ever-sure foundations of all ...
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How does the Scientological creation myth describe the rebirth of humankind following Xenu's hydrogen bombing?

I'm not an Operating Thetan either, nor do I want to be. Fortunately, those of us who aren't permitted to be in the know do have access to some documents, including the Fishman Affidavit. I worked off ...
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Was Ymir ever awake?

It is true that he created other giants spontaneously, from the sweat of his armpit, and from between his feet (same idea). However, the Prose Edda (ch. 8) tells us that the cow Audhumla fed him with ...
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Character that created themself?

This might be a lot more common than you'd think. Many examples come from creation myths, perhaps because having a creator at all begs the obvious question, "who created the creator?" One solution is ...
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Why is the Serpent the most common motif as the creator in indigenous Australian cultures?

First, I took a look at Wikipedia. It explains that the Rainbow Serpent may have been inspired by one or more of the following Australian snakes: The rough-scaled python The taipan The file snake ...
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To the Greeks, how was the Earth created?

It's not made clear how the Earth was created. It just came to be, having been born after Chaos came into existence: Citing Wikipedia: Η Γαία (αρχ. ελλ.: Γαῖα) προϋπήρχε με το Χάος και τον Έρωτα-Φάνη ...
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In What Myth the Octopus Hails from a Previous World?

Looks like Kumulipo, an 18th-century chant in the Hawaiian language telling a creation story. According to Wikipedia, the summary of the story is, In the Kumulipo the world was created over a cosmic ...
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What started the flood in Sumerian Mythology?

It is not known because the relevant part of the Sumerian version of the myth is missing, but in later versions the cause is the god Enlil. From an article in Livius.org: The Great Flood: Sumerian ...
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Do the seemingly random timespans in the Kalevala creation story have any significance?

The numbers likely have no special significance. The quoted passages all share one feature: they use parallelism, specifically one in which a number is named in one line, and then in the next line ...
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Was the story of Adam and Eve influenced by Sumerian Ninti and Enki?

I find myself agreeing with Arthur George: The connection is indeed tenuous, as to Enki and Ninti being recast as Adam and Eve in the Bible, based on Professor Kramer's suggestion. I have written two ...
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Why did many ancient civilizations believe that giants created the world?

I'll do a similar assessment of the Norse segment, since I'm most familiar with it, and because I think it is a good illustration of why giant beings are at least sometimes featured in such myths. ...
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Are there other Gardens of Eden?

There are decent parallels, but finding something exactly as you describe is harder. Notably, a possible direct precursor to the Eden myth is found in the description of Dilmun in a myth of Enki. I'll ...
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Did Yggdrassil exist before the world's creation

I recently read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. Although he's probably not considered the top authority on Norse Mythology, he did study the important works of Sturluson. Here's a quote right form ...
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Are there any Dragons myths about dragons being the creators of creation? Supernatural beings -as it were - that created the landscape?

Tiamat: Tiamat is a Mesopotamian creator goddess who, along with her mate Apsu represent the waters and together give birth to the gods. After the gods murder Apsu to gain power, Tiamat (portrayed as ...
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Why did Athena breathe life into the man Prometheus created?

Athena never did. There was also an account, stating that Prometheus had created men out of earth and water, at the very beginning of the human race, or after the flood of Deucalion, when Zeus is ...
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Why is the Serpent the most common motif as the creator in indigenous Australian cultures?

The snake as a symbol for creation is common across many cultures mythologies. The mythologist Joseph Campbell pointed out that The serpent sheds its skin to be born again ... it lives by killing ...
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Phrygian creation myth

I found my own answer. It comes from Herodotus, Histories, Book 2, v 1. He is discussing which people were the oldest on the earth. Here is the quote - "Now before Psammetichus became king of ...
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What high school subject would mythology & creation myth be covered in?

It depends. In high school, I took a Humanities course that covered Graeco-Roman and Norse mythologies. I don't know how common that type of course is, though. You'll also see some mythology covered ...
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Are there any Dragons myths about dragons being the creators of creation? Supernatural beings -as it were - that created the landscape?

Academic Books on 'Dragonology': Chinese Emperors and Sages are said to be sons of Heaven, therefore celestial dragons- Zhao, Qiguang. 2013. Dragons, East and West. Humanity as Dragon-offspring of ...
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Are there other Gardens of Eden?

The Peach Blossom Valley. Wikipedia ascribes to a specific literary work The Peach Blossom Spring, which may have been the origin, but there have been many forms of it: a man stumbles on a hidden, ...
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How early is the Zoroastrian myth of mountains stabilizing a shaky Earth?

In anthropology, this is called "sacralization of the landscape" (and the elements that constitute it). It can be found in many classic texts, one of the oldest being the 山海经 (Shan Hai Jing) ...
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What high school subject would mythology & creation myth be covered in?

A cross-cultural study of mythology and legend would probably be a literature elective in my experience. It may appear in history, as part of a study of a particular culture, or in a general ...
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What is the original creation myth of Hawaiian mythology?

Well you could read the Kumulipo, Papa and Wākea werenʻt the first beings, but Pō and I think Laʻilaʻi. If you want a simpler shorter version starting with Papa (Earth mother) and Wākea (Sky Father) ...
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Was the story of Adam and Eve influenced by Sumerian Ninti and Enki?

Sadly most of the recast here are based on somebody's wild theories without referring to the translation from the thousands of ancient tablets of sumerian, akkadian, assyrian and babylonian. Hebrew ...
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