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Gerald Horner
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Myths and Legends, Essay Assignment – Animal Relations with man

I will examine within this essay two of my favorite but very different and separate cultures, Celtic mythology and Christian mythology. I will try to limit it to a few animal connections to man of each; there are many more then the mere few I will discuss. I will discuss each separately and then conclude with pointing out the similarities between the two cultures with respect to animal interaction with mankind.

Let’s begin with Christian mythology. There are many accounts in the bible which relate to animals and there affect and relation to mankind going all the way back to creation. On the fifth day “God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind…..And God said, “Let the Earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” (Thury and Devinney, 53) Then on the sixth day God created man in his own image and giving to mankind control and dominion over everything on Earth including ALL of the animals in the world. This creating the belief and explains why mankind is at the top of the food chain, and superior to all other creatures on the earth. As well explaining the relationship between mankind and animals as a source of food and sustenance.

There are instances throughout the bible where animals were sent as messengers or signs. Omens if you will of times good and bad to come. Abraham was instructed to show his faith by sacrificing his own son, when Abraham faithfully agrees, a lamb is sacrificed instead again showing mankind’s superiority to animals. (Catholic Rainbow Study Bible, 23) Also showing that animals can in situations take the place of man. In the same book of genesis of the bible, a serpent is used to represent the devil and tempt Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. Thus giving us the equating of evil and devious traits to that of a snake. Further in the bible when related to the story of Noah’s ark it is a white dove that is a sign to Noah that they are close to land after the flood, giving the dove attributes of peace and rebirth throughout the bible to men. In the book of Exodus, Moses is trying to convince the king of Egypt to “Let God’s people go” (Catholic Rainbow Study Bible, 63). Animals were greatly used in this story to show God’s power and that God was working directly through Moses. First ...

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