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Myths Of Giant Corpse Transformation

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Through a comparative analysis of the implications in Chinese and Indo-European myths of the giant corpse transformation, this chapter examines how the differences have influenced various cultures. The theme of the giant corpse transformation can also be found in the creation myths of North American Indians who are assumed to be of Mongolian lineage. This chapter makes a comparative study of Chinese and Indo-European creation myths, and explores the variations or transformations in the cultures from the perspectives of their presumed descendants. It explores the differences in the contents of various creation myths, and the question as to how such differences contributed to disparities in the principal constitution of human thinking and the social institution of the cultures. It discusses the difference between Chinese and Indo-European cosmology, and how such a difference brings about the disparity in modes of thought and conception.

Keywords: Chinese myths; creation myths; giant corpse transformation; Indo-European myths; myths

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