The people who want creationism given equal time in the classroom rarely say much about WH

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The people who want creationism given equal time in the classroom rarely say much about WHICH creationism is to be taught there. Here are just a few of the alternatives: The Bartose of Zambia say the creator (Nyambi) lived on Earth and made all things. When man murdered other creatures, Nyambi banished him from paradise. When Nyambi forgave him, man returned to his old ways, and in despair Nyambi retreated to the sky. The Hottentots say Tsui|goab was the first Khoikhoib, from whom all Khoikhoi came. Several times he battled his rival |Gaunab; several times he died and was reborn. Finally he killed |Gaunab, who now lives in a dark heaven apart from Tsui|goab's heaven. The Bushango god, Bumba, vomitted forth everything, first the Sun, then the moon and stars, then the animals--leopard, eagle, crocodile, fish, tortoise, lightning, heron, beetle, goat, and finally man. The animals created all other animals. Lightning was such a troublemaker she was banished to the sky. The Ngombe of Zaire worship Akongo, "the Unexplainable." At first, he lived among men, but they were quarrelsome, so he hid in the forest and no one has seen him since. An ancient Egyptian myth tells how Khepera fertilized himself by masturbating and pouring the semen into his mouth. Thus were brought forth Shu and Tefnut (air and moisture), who gave birth to Seb and Nut (earth and sky), who produced Osiris, Horus, Set, and Isis. Man was made from Khepera's tears. In Zoroastrian cosmology, the universe begins as endless light which contains within it form (the Spirit of the Power of the Word) and matter (the Spirit of the Power of Nature). Matter, at first chaotic, produced the firmament (the Wheel of Change), which contained the sun, moon, and stars like embryos within it. The Koran says God created seven heavens and seven earths. "He only saith of it, `Be,' and it is." An ancient Greek view is that Chaos, Earth, Tartarus, and Eros appeared spontaneously; all other gods descended from them. The gods created at least five different races of man, of which the latest is the most imperfect. The Rig-Veda refers to the beginning as "when neither Being nor Not-Being was." The creator god Prajapati arose, and created the universe and ordained the power and nature of the gods. The Jains hold that the universe wasn't created; it always existed. The Huai-Nan Tzu asserts that being came from non-being. The Great Beginning produced emptiness, which produced the universe. The matter of the universe separated into heaven and earth, yin and yang. The Ainu in northern Japan believe that the world began as slush. The Ainu's islands appeared when a wagtail trampled the slush into firmness. In the Huron creation myth, all was originally water. A sacred woman fell from heaven and was placed on a tortoise's back by some loons. The tortoise directed other animals to dive for some earth, but only the toad succeeded. From this earth, the woman created dry land. The woman died giving birth to twins (one good and one evil), and her body fertilized all plant life. The Aranda of central Australia say that men were born from the armpits of Karora, the great ancestor, as he slept. [Source: _Primal Myths_ by Barbara C. Sproul, Rider, 1979] I suppose, to be true to the spirit of the First Amendment, we will have to teach all of these, and a few dozen others as well. -- Mark Isaak UUCP: {decwrl,sun}!imagen!isaak Standard disclaimers apply. ARPA: imagen!isaak@decwrl.dec.com "Inquiry is fatal to certainty." - Will Durant

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