The Prose Edda’s Creation Stories, Chapter 7 ( select four from this section):
1. What would it feel like to live as a believer in the stories Snorri tells? 2. If you worshiped the gods he describes, what would your view of the world be? Would it be better or worse than living under the divine system described by Hesiod and Ovid? 3. Compare what Snorri says in his Prologue about the non-Norse deities with what you have learned from ancient Greek and Roman sources in Chapters 3 and 4. 4. Compare the world of the Norse with that of the Israelites in Genesis. 5. Compare the description of creation here with those in Genesis and Hesiod. What is the parallel to Ginnungagap in Greek mythology? 6. Describe Odin’s personality as a god as evidenced by this section of the Prose Edda. Give at least one example of how he treats humans.
Chapter 8, answer any one question, within Chapter 8
7. How do the Native American creation stories account for the presence of evil in the world? 8. What is the significance of the sipapuni in the floor of many Native American kivas? How does it relate to their creation stories?
Chapter 9 African Creation Stories (required)
9. Looking back on the instances you have read so far, explain why you think people share creation stories. Look back at the insights obtained from mythology (Chapter 1) and use these concepts to build your understanding of the “function” and “purpose” of creation narrative. Compare the two creation stories in this chapter. What elements do they have in common? Where do they differ significantly? Why?