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Japanese & Celtic Creation Myth: Comparison

What do the differences between the various creation myths tell us about the culture of origin of each narrative?

Please pick at least two and compare / contrast them.

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I have chosen to compare 'island' creation myths as it is quite interesting with regards to the relevance the myth had in the creation of national identities. If you need to expand the information given, please follow the web references. Good luck and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Japanese Creation Myth

In Japan, the ancient Gods Izanagi and Izanami created the world - all the islands and all the Gods. They are the mother and father of the world, especially of Amaterasu, the sun Goddess who, it is said, the Royal House of Japan descended from. Before the existence of the world at large, there was nothing but chaos - unimaginable nothingness without shape nor form. But then out of 'Will' light came through and heaven was created. In the void earth came about. The ancient gods Izanagi and Izanami were the source of that will and in heaven came many gods and goddesses whom they sent to earth to 'make form' the world - the duty they bestowed upon the deities. With the deities they descended upon the earth, a watery chaos and raised from the waters the 8 chief islands of ...

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The solution compares two island creation myths - that of Celtic Britain creation myth and the Japanese creation myth with regards to the relevance the myths had in the creation of national identities. The solution provides the story of the myth and proceeds to analyze it. References are provided, the solution follows the APA-format. A word version is attached for easy printing.