In the majority of the creation stories, human-beings were created from some sort of material. For example, in the Hesiod and Ovid creation stories, human-beings were created from different types of metal, i.e. golden age, silver age, bronze age, and iron age; in the 6th account of the Prose Edda creation story, human-beings were created from trees; and in the Nü Kwa creation story, human-beings were created from yellow clay, etc.
The reason why I mention all of this is because most people (those living when these creation stories were most prominent) would have worked with and/or been exposed to metal, wood, and clay at some point in their lives (i.e. blacksmith, construction, and pottery). In other words, they should have realized that it was impossible to create living things out of those materials.
So… why were these stories so widely accepted?
According to what we have learned in class (and modern logic), we are not supposed to take these creation stories literally; yet, many people take comfort in having stories that explain the creation of the ‘beginning’. Perhaps the people of ancient civilizations possessed a similar view; for how else could these stories have been passed down for generations?
On another note, it also makes me wonder if people ever tried to make metal, wood, or clay sculptures; hoping that they would come to life. Very farfetched (and kind of Frankensteinish), but you never know! 😉