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Folklore

Ancient Origins articles related to History. In the sections we bring you all the powerful civilizations; from Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Indus Valley, to the fearsome yet sophisticated society of the Vikings and beyond.

Sumerian Flood Story

The great Flood through the Sumerian Tablets

The earliest flood legend in world mythology originates with the Sumerians, dating back to about 200BCE. The text found in Sumerian clay tablets provides impressive stories of the human origins and...
Australian Aboriginals Creation Myth

Australian Aboriginals - Creation Myth

At the beginning it was only darkness and a bare land… The Aborigines of Australia are considered one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Many different creation stories exist among the...

Olmecs, Ancient American Civilization with African Characteristics

When we speak about ancient Mexico, the first civilizations that come to mind are the Maya, the Incas, and the Aztecs. It wasn’t until the 1930s when a mysterious civilization was discovered that...
Minoan Civilization

The Minoan Civilization

In Crete , Greece, there existed one of the oldest and most powerful civilizations on earth: the Minoan civilization. They received the name from the legendary King Minos , though some suggest that...
Sumerian creation myth

The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts

Sumer , or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and...
Greek mythology and human origins

Greek mythology and human origins

Greek mythology begins with the Creation Myth , which is contained within many different sources of ancient Greek texts. The most complete one is Theogony from the Greek poet Hesiod, who lived around...
The Maya myth of creation

The Maya myth of creation

The Maya civilization flourished in South America at approximately 2000BC. They developed a unique style of arts and architecture, astronomy, even a written language. Though their writing—and even...
Egyptians and the beginning

Egyptians and the beginning

According to archaeologists, Egypt—alongside Sumer—produced one of the first known civilizations. There are many Egyptian myths related to creation; however, all of them share a common theme: that...
Celtic Myths on creation

Celtic Myths on creation

Celtic mythology does not propose a single version or description of the creation as a whole, as other religions and mythologies do, but a few Celtic myths mention that heaven and earth was created...
Aztec Creation myths

Aztec Creation myths

The Aztecs civilization flourished in Central America a few hundred years after the Mayans. The creation myth according to the Aztecs is a continuous story of creations and destructions, called suns...

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