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World History and Religions

            Several religions have different and distinctive stories explaining how man, society, and parts of their religions were formed; yet all of them together suggest that there was a sole person or group that directly played a role in this creation encompassing food, animals, and the geography.
             Whether it is through sacrifice or great authority, the Aryans and Mayans saw food and water as genealogies of some type of earthly object. In the Rg Veda, composed by the Aryans, it expresses all about Purusha; a man, whatever has been, whatever is yet to be, ruler of immortality, and much more; and tells of his sacrifice to create all that the world is. It is said that all animals with two rows of teeth were born from him and pretty much every other object, living and nonliving, that we know of is composed of his body constitution. Vise versa, Mayans see entities as being the creators of humans, while Aryans see it as one great power creating every other entity in the world. Mayans expressed how they perceived creation of humans in the text Popul Vuh. Maize was a central crop in Mesoamerican lives and was told to be the flesh of humans. The Forefathers, Tepeu and Gucumatz, spoke and summoned for humanity to appear on the earth. Animals played a role in the formation of humanity in that they were the messengers. Yac, utiú, quell, and hob- all different types of animals- gave tidings of yellow and white ears of corn. These were to be the flesh of the first mother and father. Both explanations revealed the food and animals were main points in the making of humanity.
             Geography and the environment undeniably affect the religious views and systems in Mayan culture and even goes onto Hebrew perspectives. Further into the story Popul Vuh, these animals and crops could possibly only be found in places around the world that contained fertile land to raise maize and mountainous areas to accommodate to the habitats of yac (the mountain cat) and utiú (the coyote).

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