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Egyptian Creation Myth vs. Pre-Socratic Philosophers

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by Sr. Mary Amata Reifsnyder on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Egyptian Creation Myth vs. Pre-Socratic Philosophers

Egyptian Creation Myth
Myth vs. Pilosophy
Divine Action
Based on Belief
True or False
Because the waters of Nu existed before the first god- they are they primary substance in the Egyptian Creation Myth.
Before the beginning of time...
Warm
-
Cold
Moist
E
a
r
t
h
-
Air
Indeterminate Boundless
Shu
God of the Air
Tefnut
God of Moisture
Nut
God of the Sky
Atum
"The Complete One"
Anaximander and Atum
In the eternal motion different elements were separated
Earth
Air
Moist
Anaximander
Atum
Atum generates sons and daughters that are the elements
Air
Moisture
Earth
For Anaximander there was a constant alteration bewteen creation and distruction
Nut gave birth to the sun each day and it's death was marked by sundown.
Anaximander's aperion exacts justice creating stability and order.
It was Shu and Tefnut's job to create law, order and stability.
Geb
God of the Earth
Boundless= not water/ air
Atum= not male/female
The End
Thales
Egyptian Creation Myth
The seeds of all have a moist nature
All the nutriment of all things is moist
Heat is generated from the moist
Water is the origin of the nature of moist
Evaporation and freezing suggest that water changes, but remains water

The dark chaotic waters of Nu
WATER
Atum
The one from whom all else is created...
The One (Atum) is born of water
The tears of Atum the first Men
Rain from god made earth plentiful.
Natural Forces
Based on Fact
vs
The one=water
The one= Atum
False
-although the waters existed before Atum, there was no order, it was chaos. Order is introduced after Atum creates himself, and other gods to maintain stability.
This Philosopher did NOT go into great detail explaining how the primary substance becomes the many different things we see.
Name that Pre-Socratic Philosopher!
Answer: Thales- Despite the difference in things, there is a basic similarity. He posited that the many are related to the one...The one =Water
Works Cited
Fiona Passatino. "The Egyptian Creation Myth."Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube. 17 May, 2011. Web. 3 Sept. 2013.

Stumpf, Samuel Enoch, and James Fieser. Philosophy: History and Readings. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Print.
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