Creation myth

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A creation myth (or cosmogonic myth) is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.wikipedia
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Chaos (cosmogony)

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They are commonly, although not always, considered cosmogonical myths—that is, they describe the ordering of the cosmos from a state of chaos or amorphousness.
Chaos (Ancient Greek: χάος, khaos) refers to the void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos in the Greek creation myths, or to the initial "gap" created by the original separation of heaven and earth.

Religion

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They often are considered sacred accounts and can be found in nearly all known religious traditions.
Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the side purpose of explaining the origin of life, the universe, and other things.

Cosmos

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They are commonly, although not always, considered cosmogonical myths—that is, they describe the ordering of the cosmos from a state of chaos or amorphousness.
In theology, the cosmos is the created heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, and fixed stars).

Myth

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While in popular usage the term myth often refers to false or fanciful stories, members of cultures often ascribe varying degrees of truth to their creation myths.
In particular, creation myths take place in a primordial age when the world had not achieved its later form.

Etiology

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All creation myths are in one sense etiological because they attempt to explain how the world was formed and where humanity came from.
In theology, many religions have creation myths explaining the origins of the world or its relationship to believers.

Cosmology

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Ethnologists and anthropologists who study these myths say that in the modern context theologians try to discern humanity's meaning from revealed truths and scientists investigate cosmology with the tools of empiricism and rationality, but creation myths define human reality in very different terms.
Religious or mythological cosmology is a body of beliefs based on mythological, religious, and esoteric literature and traditions of creation and eschatology.

Cosmic ocean

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In creation myths, the primordial waters are often represented as originally having filled the entire universe, being the first source of the gods cosmos with the act of creation corresponding to the establishment of an inhabitable space separate from the enveloping waters.

Genesis creation narrative

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One example is the Genesis creation myth from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
The Genesis creation narrative is the creation myth of both Judaism and Christianity.

Cosmogony

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They are commonly, although not always, considered cosmogonical myths—that is, they describe the ordering of the cosmos from a state of chaos or amorphousness.
Cosmogony does not only relate to scientific theories, but also has connections to the humanities, more specifically creation myths.

Ex nihilo

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The idea that God created the world out of nothing – ex nihilo – is central today to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides felt it was the only concept that the three religions shared.
In this book, Saadia Gaon gives four proofs for the doctrine of the creation of the world ex nihilo (yesh me-ayin).

Mother goddess

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The previous world is often considered the womb of the earth mother, and the process of emergence is likened to the act of giving birth.
A mother goddess is a goddess who represents, or is a personification of nature, motherhood, fertility, creation, destruction or who embodies the bounty of the Earth.

Creationism

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Creationism is the religious belief that nature, and aspects such as the universe, Earth, life, and humans, originated with supernatural acts of divine creation.

Völuspá

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One example of this is the Norse creation myth described in Gylfaginning exactly in the poem Völuspá.
She then goes on to relate a creation myth and mentions Ymir; the world was empty until the sons of Burr lifted the earth out of the sea.

List of creation myths

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A creation myth (or creation story) is a cultural, traditional or religious myth which describes the earliest beginnings of the present world.

Origin myth

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And in this sense they go beyond etiological myths which mean to explain specific features in religious rites, natural phenomena or cultural life.
One type of origin myth is the cosmogonic myth, which describes the creation of the world.

Religious cosmology

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This may include beliefs on origin in the form of a creation myth, subsequent evolution, current organizational form and nature, and eventual fate or destiny.

Origin-of-death myth

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As such it is a form of cosmological myth (a type of myth that explains the origins of a culture and the problems that faces it).

Ceremonial pole

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In the Kayan creation story, the Eugenia tree is the first tree in the world.

North America

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The pattern of distribution of these stories suggest they have a common origin in the eastern Asiatic coastal region, spreading as peoples migrated west into Siberia and east to the North American continent.
The indigenous peoples of the Americas have many creation myths by which they assert that they have been present on the land since its creation, but there is no evidence that humans evolved there.

Book of Genesis

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One example is the Genesis creation myth from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
Genesis is perhaps best seen as an example of a creation myth, a type of literature telling of the first appearance of humans, the stories of ancestors and heroes, and the origins of culture, cities and so forth.

Xirang

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Noting similarities with earth-diver creation myths, Anne Birrell translates xirang as "self-renewing soil", and compares other translations of "breathing earth" (Wolfram Eberhard), "swelling mold" (Derk Bodde), "idle soil" (Roger Greatrex), and "living earth" or "breathing earth" (Rémi Mathieu).

Finno-Ugric peoples

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Earth-diver myths are common in Native American folklore but can be found among the Chukchi and Yukaghir, the Tatars and many Finno-Ugrian traditions.
Among the Finno-Ugric peoples, though also in Indo-European and North American mythology, are myths about a world tree or axis mundi, capped by the North Star, at the center of the world, which is encircled by a stream, the idea that asterisms were animal spirits, the idea that the land of the dead beneath the earth was also the home of spirits, and the earth-diver: a bird floating on the primary ocean that dives to bring up the land.

Symbol

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A creation myth (or cosmogonic myth) is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.

Narrative

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A creation myth (or cosmogonic myth) is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.

Religious views on truth

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In the society in which it is told, a creation myth is usually regarded as conveying profound truths, metaphorically, symbolically and sometimes in a historical or literal sense.