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  Creation myths
Creation myths are amongst mankind's earliest attempts to explain some of the most profound questions about the nature and origin of the universe.
A second theme of creation myths that occurs in the story of P'an-ku is the idea of the earth and the sky forming by the separation of the original matter of the universe.
Another theme that occurs in the P'an Ku creation myth is the idea that the earth or the world or even the entire universe is the bodily remains of a primordial being or deity.
www.pantheon.org /articles/c/creation_myths.html   (1293 words)

  
 Creation Myths
At the foundation of nearly every culture is a creation myth that explains how the wonders of the earth came to be.
This is closely related to the idea of a mother and father existing in the creation of the world.
Still other myths claim the earth was once covered with water and the earth was brought to the surface.
www.cs.williams.edu /~lindsey/myths/myths.html   (377 words)

  
 Creation myths
Creation myths originated tens of thousands of years ago, when our ancestors had developed sufficient linguistic competence to produce storytellers.
The creation myths thus illustrate the unique character of human 'culture', while at the same time demonstrating how deeply rooted in 'nature' it is.
Many people know the creation myth as it is told in the Bible, simply because it is still being passed on, from parents to children, at schools, and in everyday language.
www.nvsh.nl /cn/religionMyths.htm   (457 words)

  
 Myths of Creation, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com
For this reason, the Cosmos may be said to have been created by the gods, but not as the result of the work of constructors or demiurges, but through Love and intercourse.
For the gods create new segments of Cosmos by consorting with each other, and these new segments, being gods, are both created and procreated.
And so, for example, some have believed that the universe is a terrible place created and governed by some devil, whereas others have said that its constructor is good, the cosmos being his amazing work of art, or he being the Cosmos itself.
homepage.mac.com /cparada/GML/MythsCreation.html   (2082 words)

  
 Creation Myths
Popular traditional religion tends to be associated with "Creation" myths, or archetypal and allegorical stories that, in their proposed details, try to account for the existence of the world and mankind as the effects of acts on the part of either one or many Deities.
And myths were, therefore, not merely pre-scientific and, thus, according to the scientific view, wrong but myths and myth makers represent the specifically religious form of human culture and individual endeavor, which form of culture and endeavor is, even now, in its greatest moment of struggle.
Relative to "Creation" myths themselves, they should not merely be criticized and dismissed as pseudo-science, but they should be understood as exoteric artifacts of "primitive" magic, mysticism, and Spirituality And it is no longer either necessary or appropriate for religion itself to base itself on "natural" or cosmic arguments for the existence of "God".
www.beezone.com /AdiDa/creation_mythsWOP.htm   (1387 words)

  
 CREATION MYTHS - Mythology and cosmogony
Whatever the case, these so called myths reveal cosmological thoughts and speculations of our distant ancestors, as well as of present cultures very different from the modern western world.
There are structures to be revealed, both in the processes of thought leading to their invention, and in the plots and stories making out those myths.
Starting by respecting the cosmological myths as expressions of minds well equipped with reason as well as fantasy, their content can be analyzed, their logics followed, their world view interpreted.
www.stenudd.com /myth   (357 words)

  
 Creation myths
One of the most common types of religious stories all around the world is called a "creation myth": it is the story people tell of how the world, and all the people and animals and plants, supposedly came to be.
According to this complex creation myth there are many gods and goddesses; the earth is the flat back of a giant caiman (crocodile) floating in a pool; heaven has 13 levels and the underworld 9 levels.
According to this myth the earth was formed during the Dream-time and the spirits emerged from the earth and roamed the land visiting water holes and scattering about the spirits of unborn children.
www.mukto-mona.com /science/skybreak/creation_myths.htm   (1218 words)

  
 The Origin of Creation Myths
Van Over, one of the leading "creation myth" researchers concluded (1980: 10), "The surprising and perplexing fact is that the basic themes for (creation) myths in widely different geographical areas are strikingly similar." Furthermore, these basic themes are contained in the record found in the second chapter of Genesis.
The most famous of all non-Biblical creation myths, the Epic of Gilgamesh, as is true of many such myths, was not, as we will show, written to tell the story of creation, but the tragedy of life.
All of the creation myths appear to be basically derived from the factual events that Genesis is based upon.
www.creationism.org /csshs/v06n2p10.htm   (1255 words)

  
 Ancient Egyptian Creation Myths - The Benu Bird of Heliopolis
During the ancient days several authors added to the myth In ancient Rome the phoenix was used politically as a symbol for the Roman EmpireĀ“s ability to regenerate its power and in Christian times the Church fathers incorporated the Phoenix as a symbol for the immortal soul.
One thing to keep in mind when studying myths is to allow them their differences, no matter how eager we might be to see similarities between them.
And so, as with all efforts of understanding myths and their origin, we are left partially to wonder, which is not always a bad thing.
www.philae.nu /akhet/Benu.html   (1367 words)

  
 Creation Myths
This sample collection is intended to show that creation myths were common to the cultures that surrounded ancient Israel.
In this myth, creation is represented as the victory of the creator-god over a monster of chaos.
Creation was said to form according to a divine intelligence called, Maa.
www.usbible.com /Creation/creation_myths.htm   (2190 words)

  
 Creation
This myth was recreated by Robert Graves, a famous contemporary mythographer and author of a number of books, including The White Goddess (I haven't read this), and The Greek Myths, which is where I got the PCM (Pelasgian Creation Myth) from.
The Orphic Creation Myth is another scenario of the Cosmic Egg origin, but without the Creator Goddess, Eurynome (see Eurynome and Ophion).
In the Orphic myth, she was also confused with Demeter (Ceres), the corn goddess.
www.timelessmyths.com /classical/creation.html   (7483 words)

  
 Proverbs and Myths
Creation myths depict the origin and destiny of the world and of humankind.
Myths from the upper White Nile area speak of the relationship between God and man being severed when a rope between heaven and earth was accidentally cut (Mbiti 1969, 97; Mitchell 1977, 25).
Myths are intimately related to a culture's worldview explaining, integrating, validating, and sanctioning its belief system (Loewen 1969c, 159-167).
www.missiology.org /animism/Learning/proverbs.htm   (1872 words)

  
 Paganism and Myths of Creation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Whether a myth asserts survival of a physical death, a cycle of death and renewal, or some other pattern, human life is valuable and significant within the myth because life mirrors the greater whole.
Creation is the fruiting corn; it is the kore playing in the fields: it is "cereal crescendo." Origin, on the other hand, might be imagined as the site of this emerging.
Our familiar creation stories envision creative action as a movement from that "first time," in which the patterning actions for all human living were set down, to a present which is fully real just to the extent that it fulfills these ancient patterns.
www.earthspirit.com /fireheart/fhpmyth.html   (4213 words)

  
 MYTHING LINKS / Common Themes: Creation Myths
This is "Paganism and Myths of Creation: A Ritual of Transformation" by Walter Wright ("Arthen"), a philosophy professor at Clark University in
One of the questions that perplexes me is how such students can conclude that their ethnic or religious group has the complete explanation of the origin of the earth and its life, when so many ethnic or religious groups have so many different accounts of those origins.
Her project, "Common Elements in Creation Myths," covers a wide-ranging and interesting collection of topics, each supported by one or more creation myths.
www.mythinglinks.org /ct~creation.html   (2321 words)

  
 Creation Myths of Ancient Egypt
The myths all had at the center of their story a primordial mound know as the "Island of Creation." It was the goal of religion to recreate this time which caused the Egyptians to be very traditional in their beliefs.
Each of the major creation myths claimed that the temple of their local god/s was the physical location of the island.
According to this myth Ptah, was creator of the world, the gods, cities, food, drink, and all that was needed for life.
www.historylink101.net /egypt_1/religion_creation_myths.htm   (417 words)

  
 Egypt: Egyptian Creation, A Feature Tour Egypt Story
This myth describes the genealogy of the Ennead, the group of nine gods according to a family tree, that is, Atum self-engendered Shu and Tefnut, who gave birth to Geb and Nut, who gave birth to Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys.
For the Egyptians, creation was essentially an act of generation, and the generative principle was represented by the yearly flooding of the Nile River, and its waters seemed like the primeval waters, as they left in their wake mounds of fertile fl soil.
Another creation myth is called the Memphite Theology, after the city of Memphis in the Delta.
www.touregypt.net /featurestories/creation.htm   (1211 words)

  
 Creation Myths
In other myths, the world emerges from a state of chaos into a state of order, but even these myths imply separation, as chaos is divided into separate and increasingly smaller states.
In this type of creation myth, a father/sky and mother/earth deity are involved in the world's creation, often their separation being the basis for creation.
This creator makes the earth and its inhabitants out of the elements of the earth, the most recurrent motif being that of man created out of clay, life then breathed into his nostrils.
www.jeffhouse.addr.com /mythology/creationmyths.htm   (779 words)

  
 TASSI: Teaching Creation Myths
The purpose of this thematic unit is to bring cultural awareness to instructors and students to some of the creation myths that exist in the world.
The emphasis of this unit is to illustrate how more than one creation myth exists in the world, and that these creation myths have equal value and validity.
Students will create their own creation myths either as individuals or in cooperative groups ranging from two to four participants per group.
www.csupomona.edu /~tassi/myths.htm   (1993 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Creation Myths: Books: Marie-Louise Von Franz   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Creation myths are the deepest and most important of all myths because they are concerned with both the basic patterns of existence and the ultimate meaning of life.
The meaning of creation motifs such as the egg, the seed, the primordial being, the creative fire, the separation of heaven and earth, and the four stages of creation.
She explains that the incipient of many creation stories seem to be a state of pre-conscious wholeness which is broken in two when "subject" and "object" are created.
www.amazon.com /Creation-Myths-Marie-Louise-Von-Franz/dp/1570626065   (1289 words)

  
 Creations   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A Myth is a story about something that happened in the distant past that might or might not be true.
One of the frequent myths that recur in cultures all over the world is a myth about how the world came to be.
According to the big bang theory, the universe was created sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from a cosmic explosion that hurled matter and in all directions.
www.commercialventvac.com /~jeffs/creations.html   (4268 words)

  
 Creation Myths
A creation myth can be a great way to help a DM understand his campaign world.
On the other hand, if the gods aren't believed to be responsible for primal creation, then they can be seen as nothing more than immensely powerful kings or empresses, ruling over the world thanks to their divine power.
On the other hand, a world whose creation myth describes a terrible dragon who consumes each world in fire before giving birth to the next presents a very different setting.
www.andycollins.net /Theories/creation_myths.htm   (516 words)

  
 Creation Myths
Chinese, Choctaw, Comanche, Digueno, The Birth of Hawai'i, and Hindu creation myths.
The Prince Yamato myth tells the story of creation and legitimates the divine lineage of the imperial family.
You are welcome to consult other sources, although if your myth is not online, you should include a summary of it in your journal (otherwise, you can just give a link to the one you use.) Or you could consult Bullfinch's Mythology which is online.
crab.rutgers.edu /~goertzel/creationmyths.htm   (428 words)

  
 The Top 10 Intelligent Designs (or Creation Myths) | LiveScience
With its bounty of brawny, barrel-chested gods and buxom goddesses, the ancient Norse religion of the Scandinavian and Germanic countries is truly the creation myth for fans of both pro wrestling and heavy metal music.
The sons rose up and killed Ymir and from his corpse created from his flesh, the Earth; the mountains from his bones, trees with his hair and rivers, and the seas and lakes with his blood.
The Babylonian creation myth, the Enuma Elish, begins with the gods of water, Apsu (fresh), and Tiamat (salt), spawning several generations of gods, leading to Ea and his many brothers.
www.livescience.com /history/top10_intelligent_designs-1.html   (1999 words)

  
 Ancient religions
Sayadio in the land of the dead (myth)
Myths and legens of the Sioux Part II Myths and legens of the Sioux Part III
Myths and legens of the Sioux Part IV The Story of the Pet Crane (myth)
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Ancient_religions/ancient_religions.htm   (165 words)

  
 Reason Magazine - Creation Myths
What creators won't get, in Boldrin and Levine's world, is the right to impose downstream licensing agreements that prevent customers from reproducing the product, modifying it, or using it as a stepping stone to the next innovation.
And since creators with strong rights of first sale are paid the current value of future revenue, their pay will climb.
Expensive patent races, defensive patenting (in which firms create a wall of patents to prevent competitors from coming up with anything remotely resembling their product), and costly infringement battles are common functions of corporate law departments.
www.reason.com /news/show/28703.html   (4625 words)

  
 creation myth religious anthropology
It was done for Brian McCarthy's Latin II class." And well done it is. A good resource on creation myth for students of all ages.
Therefore their creation myths concern themselves with gods of nature; the earth, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars, and of course, the Nile river." - From Richard Deurer - http://members.aol.com/egyptart/crea.html
The site provides summaries of creation myths from various places and cultures as well as parallels found between some of the myths.
www.archaeolink.com /creation_myths_religious_anthrop.htm   (726 words)

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