The World of Myth Short Essay - Answer Key

David Adams Leeming
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1. How does Leeming define the cosmic myth?

Leeming says that the cosmic myth comes from the Greek word "cosmos" which means order. Cosmic myths are therefore the myths that explain the order that pervades the universe.

2. What stories or topics does Leeming include in the category of cosmic myths?

Leeming lists stories of Creation, the Great Flood, and the concept of afterlife, the Fall, and Revelation as the main categories of cosmic myths.

3. How does Leeming define a "cosmogony" and what kinds of stories are contained in cosmogonies?

Leeming defines cosmogonies as myths that explain the birth or genesis of the world (cosmogony coming from the Greek words for order and birth. Cosmogonies include how the universe was created, the creation of humanity, the fall from the state of perfection, and the heavenly struggles of immortals or gods prior to recent human history.

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