How is the sociological function fulfilled by this creation myth? As we know, social structures and expectations are often laid out in creation myths, as foundational texts for a culture. So, what social systems and attitudes do we see here? What kinds of behaviors seem to be expected within this culture? What social hierarchies are being established, supported, or otherwise represented?
Who has the power vs. who does not and how does that power dynamic compare to what we’ve seen in other cultures this term? Take a good look at the sociological aspects of this myth (especially the Nu Kua section). see if you can draw some conclusions. As always, take care to point to specific examples in the texts when you compose your analysis. don’t assume that we will see social elements showing up in the same places you do!
How are the cosmological and metaphysical functions fulfilled by this creation myth?
Since we know by now that creation myths pretty much always fulfill at least these two functions. apply your understanding of these two to your Set 1 readings and make sure you include specific points and examples from the text to support your analysis. I’m not just interested in a list of examples, I also want to know exactly how each one shows up. are they the same or different here, if we make a functional comparison to a previous creation myth we’ve read?
What patterns do we notice and/or what is distinct about the function of this creation myth? What do we learn about attitudes toward the natural or supernatural worlds from the way these functions are fulfilled here? These questions are always worth asking. Post your analysis as a reply to the Topic 1 thread on the Unit 7 AQ: Chinese Creation Myth discussion forum.