It is interesting to read about the environment and the weather in all the myths. Myth can teach us many things about the culture but also give insights into the physical environment in which the myth was created. In the Enuma Elish, water is clearly important in the myth, which makes sense given that Mesopotamia means between the rivers. In Genesis one account takes place in a dry environment, Palestine. In the Prose Edda, the cow licks ice, a clear marker of the North. In the supplement to chapter 8, as was suggested in class, it possibly came from elsewhere because it mentions the sea.

Many of the myths also mention a flood, a natural disaster, which would have been quite devastating; therefore it is no surprise that it is often attributed to the anger of the gods.


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  1. You are right in that means of destruction in these myths always seems to be a flood. I cannot help but wonder if the flood is one culture copying the oral tradition of another or if it is the simple fact that floods were a common natural disaster and therefore always a means of destruction.
    The Odyssey creates the idea of the volcano with the Cyclops and Gilgamesh recreates the idea of an earthquake with the Bull of Heavens. These disasters however were extremely metaphorical in their respected epic and could easily be missed.
    How come disasters such as these never became part of mainstream myth?

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