Are creation myths just failed attempts at explaining our origins?
- RetiefLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
When a leader doesn't have the actual facts about something, making up a legend (especially knowing their followers can't do any research) is the best way to appear knowledgeable.
- Robin WLv 71 month ago
It's worse than that. Certain myths are used to oppress others (Noah cursing his son's descendants with slavery) or solidify power (divine right of kings).
- ob1knobLv 71 month ago
They did explain our origins.
Of course, now we know they were all wrong, but the purpose was not science. It was gathering a nation around a common belief, and they succeeded at that.
Neither the Stone Age shamans nor Bronze Age priests, had no telescopes to observe the universe, no microscopes to see how life works, and no scientific background to even figure out the right question.
If you can convince your people that you're in direct communication with the big guy who once built Everything and who is now protecting them, you're about to get the authority, the power, the money, and all the chicks
- nineteenthlyLv 71 month ago
No, they're usually allegorical in some way.
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- CliveLv 71 month ago
What does this have to do with astronomy and space? That's a religious question.
- StarryskyLv 71 month ago
Creation stories were written thousands of years ago by men with no science background or data or understanding of the real world.
- Ronald 7Lv 71 month ago
They were honest beliefs at one time
But the Flat Earth brigade really do take the BiscuitSource(s): Who feeds the Turtle ??