Myths of Gods

Complete this worksheet using “Part 2: Myths of Gods” from David Adams Leeming’s World of Myth: An Anthology.

Instructions: Read David Adams Leeming’s World of Myth: An Anthology, “Part 2: Myths of the Gods” (pp. 91-174). For each section in “Myths of the Gods” (Supreme Being, Great Mother, Dying God, and Trickster) read one of the myths in depth and detail, making notes. Fill out the worksheet using what you have learned. Make sure that for each answer that you provide a detailed, 2-5 complete sentence answer. Make sure that whenever you can, you put things in your own words. Paraphrasing, rather than just quoting the text, will help you understand and retain what you have read.

Grading: This assignment, along with all of the worksheets for weeks 1-3, will be graded on effort, completeness of your answers, and how well you demonstrate your understanding of the concepts from the text.

Supreme Being Myth

Select one myth from “The Supreme Being” section in Leeming’s World of Myth (pp. 124-134). List the name and culture of the myth you selected in the box below, and answer the questions that follow for the myth using 2-5 complete sentences.

Myth:

 

Religion or culture of origin:

What are the characteristics of the Supreme Being?

How did the Supreme Being create humanity?

 

Great Mother Myth

Select one myth from “The Great Mother” section in Leeming’s World of Myth (pp. 134-146) List the name and culture of the myth you selected in the box below, and answer the questions that follow for the myth using 2-5 complete sentences.

Myth:

 

Religion or culture of origin:

What are the characteristics of the Great Mother?

How did the Great Mother protect or look after humanity?

 

Dying God Myth

Select one myth from “The Dying God” section in Leeming’s World of Myth (pp. 146-163). List the name and culture of the myth you selected in the box below, and answer the questions that follow for the myth using 2-5 complete sentences.

Myth:

 

Religion or culture of origin:

How did the god die?

How did the god come back to life?

 

Trickster Myth

Select one myth from “Trickster” section in Leeming’s World of Myth (pp. 163-172). List the name and culture of the myth you selected in the box below, and answer the questions that follow for the myth using 2-5 complete sentences.

Myth:

 

Religion or culture of origin:

What tricks does the trickster pull?

Do these tricks help humanity? If so, how do these tricks help humanity? If not, what is the purpose of the trickster?

 

Gods, Goddesses, and Lesser Spirits

Select four different stories from the “Gods, Goddesses, and Lesser Spirits” section in Leeming’s World of Myth (pp. 175-213). Read those four stories in depth. In the table below, put the name of the god or spirit that the story was about and provide a brief summary of the story and a brief thought about what was interesting or unique about the story, 2-5 sentences each.

God or Spirit Name Summary and Interesting Aspect
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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