Mrs. Efpatridis –ETS 4U1 Creation Myths Creation myths are told throughout the world and are traditional yet unique stories to each cultural group in an attempt to explain how life began. None of these tales are exactly alike, but they all share a commonality: they tell of a Supreme God who knows everything and who made the universe. The Supreme God is known by many different names which reflects the beliefs and values of each individual culture. How and Why? All cultures also have myths that attempt to explain natural phenomena and account for the origin of items within their individual cultures: death, the source of an animal, where lightning came from, etc. Mythology attempts to provide answers to the questions how and why? which have been asked since the beginning of time, and also reveals the ingenuity, wisdom and humour of a particular group of people. In The Death of Osiris the legend of the tamarisk tree is provided to explain why the tree is so large. The origin of the desert is also explained through the death of the country’s leader. Likewise, an explanation of the eclipse is provided in Bao Chu’s Search for the Sun.