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World Mythology
Myths are often equated with fables, but they are more accurately thought of as "sacred narratives." They often explain the origin of the universe, and express a culture's moral values. Test your knowledge of sacred stories from around the world.

The skeletal figure of Mictlantecuhtli in Aztec mythology corresponds to which Greek figure?
Hades

Dionysus

Prometheus

Poseidon


In Mesoamerican mythology and art, the eagle represented which of the following?
the sun

male fertility

rebirth

the underworld


Which hammer-wielding figure in Norse mythology was the son of Odin and god of thunder?
Loki

Thor

Njord

Bragi


In Hindu mythology, who was the god of firmament and the king of the abode of gods?
Krishna

Vayu

Indra

Vishnu


The following describes which creation myth?
An egg was the first thing in the emptiness. Inside the egg was chaos. When the egg broke the universe was split into the heavens and the Earth.
Navajo

Egyptian

Yoruba

Chinese


The following describes which creation myth?
In the beginning, there was only a chaos of churning, bubbling water. When the flood receded, there began to emerge hills of dry land. On the very first dry hilltop on the very first day came the first sunrise - the beginning of all things.
Navajo

Egyptian

Yoruba

Chinese


The following describes which creation myth?
In the beginning, there was only water and chaos. A lesser god descended on a long chain to create some land, and brought with him a rooster, some iron, and a palm kernel.
Navajo

Egyptian

Yoruba

Chinese


The following describes which creation myth?
First Man and First Woman were to bring light to the world. They created a sun from a large turquoise disk and made the moon from a piece of rock crystal. As the light began to shine upon the earth, they saw an infant lying in a cradle decorated with rainbows and sunrays. The Holy People, who are friendly spirits, helped to raise the child on pollen and dew.
Navajo

Egyptian

Yoruba

Chinese

Sources: African Creation Stories; Indian Mythology; Indian Mythology; Mything Links; Mythology Unit; Native American Stories of Creation; Norse Mythology; Quetzalcoatl—The Man, The Myth, The Legend



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