Creation Myths of the World: An Encyclopedia (2nd Edition) by David A. Leeming

By David A. Leeming

ABC-CLIO's leap forward reference paintings on construction ideals from world wide returns in a richly up-to-date and increased new version. From the backyard of Eden, to the feminine creators of Acoma Indians, to the rival creators of the Basonge tribe within the Congo, production Myths of the area: An Encyclopedia, moment version examines how diverse cultures clarify the origins in their existence.

Expanded into volumes, the recent variation of construction Myths of the realm starts off with introductory essays at the 5 simple forms of production tales, studying their nature and value. Following are over 2 hundred production myths, each one brought with a short dialogue of its tradition of starting place. on the center of the recent variation is its stronger specialize in production mythology as a world human phenomenon, with drastically extended insurance of routine motifs, comparative subject matters, the effect of geography, the social influence of myths, and extra.

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At the center of this creation myth is the concept of female power in the universe. In such a universe the logical venue for the beginning of the process whereby the world as we know it is created is the inside of the Earth, the symbolic womb of the Great Mother personified by the spirit Tsichtinako. While we are told that the Earth itself and the potential for various animal and plant forms were created by a drop of the father godÊs blood, we hear little or nothing about him after that. It is the female characters who are necessary to the process by which the people and their society emerge from the darkness and become viable humans.

Also in Greece, the cult of Orphism celebrated an original silver cosmic egg that hatched the androgynous container of all the seeds of life. ‰ The Polynesians of Samoa say that Tagaloa-Langi, the creator, lived in a cosmic egg and that when the egg broke, the pieces of the shell fell into the waters and became the Samoan Islands. Their Polynesian relatives in Tahiti have a similar story in which their creator, Taaroa, the germ of life, whose shell is the universe, broke out of the shell and held part of it up to become the sky.

Psychiatry attempts to do the same thing with the pieces of the re-examined psyche, the historian with bits and pieces of the past, the reproducing feminine body with her genes and those of others. Emergence Creation Central to most creation myths is the creation of human beings. In the creation myth types discussed above, the creation of humans is usually only one aspect of the overall creation of the universe. But in the type of myth known as emergence creation, the emphasis is squarely on the creation of humanity.

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