By John P. McKay, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Joe Perry
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The sea produced heaven and earth, which were united. Heaven and earth gave birth to Enlil, who separated them and made possible the creation of the other gods. The later Babylonian culture (page 16) had similar beliefs. In the beginning was the primeval sea, the goddess Tiamat, who gave birth to the gods. When Tiamat tried to destroy the gods, Marduk, the chief god of the Babylonians, proceeded to kill her and divide her body and thus created the sky and earth. ” In addition to myths, the Sumerians produced the ﬁrst epic poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh (GIL-guh-mesh), which evolved as a reworking of at least ﬁve earlier myths.
The most important element of early human success was ﬂexibility and adaptability. ” (Scala/Art Resource, NY) him from below and behind. The Iceman is the victim in the ﬁrst murder mystery of Western civilization, and the case will never be solved. The basic social unit of Paleolithic societies was probably the family, but family bonds were no doubt stronger and more extensive than those of families in modern, urban, industrialized societies. Paleolithic peoples depended on the extended family for cooperative work and mutual protection.
According to the myth of the Deluge, which gave rise to the biblical story of Noah: A ﬂood will sweep over the cult-centers; To destroy the seed of mankind . . The myth of Atrahasis describes the gods’ annoyance at the prosperity of mankind and tells how Enlil suggests sending a drought to destroy human life: Oppressive has become the clamor of mankind. By their uproar they prevent sleep. In the face of harsh environmental conditions, the Mesopotamians considered themselves weak and insigniﬁcant as compared to the gods.
A History of Western Society, Combined Volume Volume 1 by John P. McKay, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Joe Perry