Creation of Myth

Creation of Myth

How Mythology Emerges


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 just as much as we do today. And long before there was any knowledge 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, 1866.
Let there be light. Bible illustration by Gustave Doré, 1866.

       I am intrigued by the thinking behind myths, especially the ones regarding the beginning of all - the creation, the primary events of the world. There are patterns to be revealed in the processes of thought leading to their invention and to the plots of those myths. Those patterns tell us a lot about how the human mind works - through time, across any cultural borders.
Stefan Stenudd


Click the headers to read these texts:


Creation Myths: An Introduction

An investigation into the nature of creation myths - their emergence, structure, and meanings. Also, what old stories of creation reveal about ancient human thought.


Psychoanalysis of Myth

The psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl G. Jung on myths, their meanings, and their origin.


Cosmos of the Ancients

The Greek philosophers speculated a lot about the creation of the world, the gods, and the mythology of their time. Here are most of those philosophers and their thoughts on those subjects presented.


Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, spirit, ruach, and many other life force ideas around the world are explained in this little encyclopedia. There is also an introduction speculating about the thoughts behind them.


Ideas and Learning

- not necessarily in that order. A short text about the relation between ideas and learning in the field of the history of ideas.



On my Creation Myths website:


Creation Myths around the World

How stories of the beginning might have begun. An in-depth introduction to how myths of creation emerged at the dawn of human civilization and what shaped them.


The Meanings of Mythology

Theories through history about myth and fable, from Euhemerus to James G. Frazer. How they interpreted the myths and their origins.


Archetypes in Myths

The mythological symbols and what they stand for. The archetypal images and themes in myths.


The Logics of Myth

Basic patterns and structures of myths in general, and creation myths in particular.


Genesis

Genesis 1, the first creation of the Bible, and how to understand the myth. Also about the commentaries of Augustine and Martin Luther to this Bible text and its description of the creation.


Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Myth.

Enuma Elish

Enuma Elish, the ancient Babylonian creation myth, one of the oldest known to us: its content and how to interpret it.


The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129

The paradox of origin, according to a famous Indian hymn, which asks what can at all be said about the very beginning of the world.


Xingu Creation of Man

The insoluble solitude of gods and humans alike, as expressed in a myth from the Xingu indians in Brazil.



Myths of Creation

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Introduction
Creation Myths: Emergence and Meanings
Psychoanalysis of Myth
Ideas and Learning
Cosmos of the Ancients
Life Energy Encyclopedia

On my Creation Myths website:

Creation Myths Around the World
The Logics of Myth
Theories through History about Myth and Fable
Genesis 1: The First Creation of the Bible
Enuma Elish, Babylonian Creation
The Paradox of Creation: Rig Veda 10:129
Xingu Creation
Archetypes in Myth






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Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. All's End. Science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Attacks in Aikido. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Aikibatto. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
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