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More mythological explanations of the creation of the world

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Portrait of Pangu from the Asian Library in the University of British Columbia

Portrait of Pangu from the Asian Library in the University of British Columbia

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Sumerian

Christopher Siren's Sumerian Mythology FAQ explains that in Sumerian mythology there was originally a primeval sea (abzu) within which the earth (ki) and sky were formed. Between heaven and earth was a vault with atmosphere. Each of these regions corresponds with one of the four gods,
Enki, Ninhursag, An, and Enlil.

Asian

  • Chinese creation myths
    Pan Gu took an ax to break forth from his confinement in a cosmic egg. When he died he became the wind, mountains, land, and rushing waters.
  • Japanese Cosmogony (eslsv001.esl.sakuragaoka.ac.jp/teachers/BR/Songs%26Stories/ JAPANESEcreation.html Accessed 1/06/98 )
    Earth and heaven created from a divine egg.
  • Hindu
    Another cosmogony from thought.
  • Sikh
    Creation of everything by an all-powerful deity.

Mesoamerican

  • Aztec
    Coatlique got pregnant by an obsidian knife through which she produced her one legitimate litter of moon and stars. When she got pregnant, shamefully, a second time, she gave birth to the god of war, Huitzilopochtli, who murdered his siblings.

Germanic

  • Germanic Creation Myth
    In the beginning was the great void, Ginnungagap. A fiery region developed to the south and a windy, icy region to the north. Together they produced chaos and out of chaos sprang life.

Judaeo-Christian

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.
From Genesis

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