6 Fascinating World Creation Myths

Illustration of Pangu, Source: Wikimedia

Throughout history, mankind tried to explain how the world came to be. There are as many stories as there are civilizations. Some are well known, like Greek belief that everything started with Chaos and other Titans, or biblical creation of the world in 6 days. But there are some other world creation myths that are less known but also quite fascinating and different from each other.
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Many have wondered during the whole history of the humankind which came first- chicken or the egg. Chinese have an answer to this in their creation myths. As in many stories, their universe started with a formless chaos. After a while chaos merged in a cosmic egg that lasted for 18,000 years. Within the egg, Yin and Yang achieved perfect balance. From the egg giant primitive god, Pangu was born. He then went on to separate Yin, from future earth, from Yang, from which sky was born. Every day sky became 3 meters higher, earth 3 meters thicker and Pangu 3 meters taller. This lasted for another 18,000 years when Pangu died. Everything else came into existence from his corpse – from stars and the moon, mountains, rivers, rain, and fertile lands. Even the animals, which came from the flees in his fur. Be careful next time you’re cracking an egg, maybe a new world will be born!

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  • dennis12345

    I like the Hindu Gods. Brahma is everything in an undivided aspect. Shiva and Vishnu divide the aspects of the world between them. This reflects the various mental aspects of: awareness without an object=Brahma, The creative and destructive aspect without time=Shiva and the discriminating awareness of our everyday Yin/Yang lives=Vishnu.

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