In each creation myth the gods or primeval forces eventually create humans out of a variety of substances as seen in earlier posts. But what is interesting is what the gods view as perfects humans and how we imagine the perfect human. For the Gods, the ideal human will worship them and give them sacrifices and offerings. This is seen in Hesiod’s Races of men, The Golden age was an age of what we ourselves would consider perfect, no aging, sickness or work. But what we would consider perfect the gods did not. This Golden Race was so perfect that they didn’t need to worship the gods for anything, which angered them, forcing the Greek gods to create a new race, one that was too stupid to worship them, then one so warlike they killed themselves, and eventually to the Iron age where life isn’t that great and the humans need to praise the gods to get better lives. A life that we ourselves would not see as perfect, but is more agreeable to the Greek gods.
In the Mesoamerica creation myth this downgrade to the “perfect” human for the Gods can be seen as well. They started off with deer and birds, but they couldn’t worship them, then they created clay humans, wooden ones and eventually humans as we know it, only perfect. The humans could see all and know all, which the gods didn’t like because they were worried that by being so perfect they would become gods themselves. Therefore they limited the humans, moving them away from perfection.