Divine Roles Across Cultures Matrix

Topic: Divine Roles Across Cultures Matrix
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Select one common divine role that recurs in world mythology.

Possible options of divine roles include the following: father or mother divinities, divinities of war, home or hearth divinities, divinities of love, divinities of wisdom, divinities of medicine or health, divinities of the wind, divinities of agriculture, divinities of the sky, ruler of all the gods, and so on.

Identify the role in the title of your table.

Select two myths, each from a different culture one a female and one a male, in which the divine role appears. Identify the divinity names and cultures in columns A and B.

Complete the table by answering each of the five questions for both selected divinities.

Write an essay addressing the following: Why do so many cultures have divinities in similar roles?
essay must include a strong conclusion that summarizes what you’ve discovered in your analysis of the works.

Organize your essay, so each paragraph contains only one major point and the supporting material, and arguments for this one argument. Always use the text: details of the stories, direct quotation, discussion of metaphors—light, darkness, character descriptions, food items, dresses, etc.– to support your arguments. For example, in our discussions, we mentioned that the electrical outage in Chapter one of Interpreter of Maladies is a metaphor of the state of the relationship between the couple–darkness of mood, a dark period in the relationship between the couple, lack of communication, avoidance, alienation etc.. Ask yourself questions such as, what does “driving” stand for in “Mrs. Sen.” What does being a driver mean, what does not being able to drive mean, etc..

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