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Foundation myths

by Micha F. Lindemans
Since the beginnings of cities sometime in the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE, some creation myths have recounted the founding of cities. Cities developed out of ceremonial centres, and those centres were seen as extraordinary manifestations of sacred power. This manifestation allowed for the expression of power in a specific place, emphasizing the value of sedentary human life. The myth of Gilgamesh in Babylon and that of Romulus and Remus in Rome are foundation myths.

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