The Comparison of Creation Myths from Different Mythologies
Religious Studies 165 / Professor Robert P. Goldman
It is not surprising to know that we all trace back to a common ancestor.
No matter who
we are, or where we come from, we have all originated from a mutual predecessor.
along with Latin, Slavic, and Celtic languages, have all been traced back to a common source:
the Indo-European times, one of the oldest strata of mythological thinking.
people aside, the world that we currently live in also has a common origin, a repetitive story.
Although there seems to be a plethora of versions on how our world came to be, there is no doubt
many parallel ideas
present within each story that cannot be overlooked.
the years, the events of the creation of the world have been changed around according to
different mythologies, the fundamental beginning is ultimately the same.
the real origin of creation myths is not known, it comes as no shock that many mythologies have
similar myths depicting their version on the creation of the universe.
In fact, many mythologies
across the world have creation myths comparable to the myths portrayed in Hindu mythology.
As seen in Hindu mythology, many mythological creation myths focus on the formation
of the universe from a disorderly mass and the division of Heaven and Earth to form the world.
In the Hindu mythology creation myth, Lord Brahma, the Creator, was said to rise from a golden
egg, which split to form heaven and earth.
The egg is broken by Brahma, thus initiating the
beginning of the world.
“From this self-arisen egg the world is produced.
And the active agency of its production
is identified as the god Brahma, who effects creation by breaking open the egg in the
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Classical Hindu Mythology
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