Cesair’s Journey and The Creation Myths of the Western World

What the creation myths give us is a culture’s basic thoughts about how the world was initially created. Today it may seem scientifically naïve but the stories do give us a strong sense of the culture and an indication of where they will return again at any further time of chaos or threatened disillusion. They are, we hypothesise, where a culture goes when troubled and for that reason are very important stories.

We intent to hold these creation myths up against the world view that emerges in the Mythological Cycle as articulated in the story of Cesair and Fintan and the subsequent Invasion. The thought being that having experienced these other cultures Cessair had the benefit of comparison. She had, in essence, options to choose from. This comparative perspective, is, we have suggested, the ‘first wisdom” of the Irish. It also highlights why the world view of the early Irish is so unique and valuable…. Today.

Our Eight Week Experience in the unique Irish Mythology through Oral Myth Telling, Group Discussion and exploring contemporary relevance

Tuesdays PM  7 to 9 pm Irish time Myths we will be working with
7th Sept The Nature of Creation Myths and the Christian Myths of Origins. Two very familiar creation myths of the Christian World And a very different concept of “God”God Creates the World in 7 days Adam and Eve
14th Sept Mesopotamian  Creation Myth: Very important creation myth from Babylon in which Marduk kills and dismembers TiamatEnuma Elish
21st Sept Greek Creation Myths and Hesiod The world is creation out of Chaos, then Gaia and Uranus appears…. Also the Titans and OlympiansThe Titans and the Olympians
28th Sept Egyptian Creation Myths: Osiris killed by Seth but Osiris with the help of Horus resurrects the dead kingIsis and Osiris
5th Oct Flood Myths: Babylonian and Hebrew We are very familiar with the Hebrew, Noah’s Ark flood myth, but there are precedents such as the Babylonian and Egyptian storiesNoah’s Ark and the Babylonian Flood Myth
12th Oct Epic of Gilgamesh The epic of Gilgamesh is not a creation myth but the earliest hero myth. We can compare Creation, myths of Gods and Goddesses and Hero Myths through this MythThe Epic of Gilgamesh
19th Oct Re Tellings: What Cesair knew and what was her choice? An overview of the four foundational creation myths and the consequences in terms of world view and behavior in crisisGroup work on their own re-tellings
26th Oct Final Re Tellings and Reflections on the ImmersionGroup reflections and review
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