I'm a Swedish writer, artist, and historian of ideas, writing fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an aikido instructor. More about me here.
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
by Stefan Stenudd. Qi, prana, spirit, and other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
This book presents an imaginative reading of the Tarot divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Creation of Myth and Myths of Creation
Studying the thoughts behind myths
At the very beginning, when the world came to be - what was, what happened? About this, people of the past have wondered, marveled, just as much as we do today.
And just like we have done with the theory of the big bang, they came up with their own versions.
Today, we call these versions myths, by which a number of things are stated - maybe rightly, maybe not. Perhaps one day the big bang theory will also be classified as a myth? Whatever the case, these so called myths reveal the cosmological speculations of our distant ancestors.
Let there be light. Bible illustration by Gustave Doré.
I am intrigued by the thinking behind those myths, especially the myths regarding the beginning of all - the creation, the primary events of the world. There are patterns to be revealed, both in the processes of thought leading to their invention, and in the plots and stories making out those myths. Intriguing patterns, telling us a lot about how the human mind works - through time, across any cultural borders.