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.

Archetypes of Mythology. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Archetypes of Mythology
by Stefan Stenudd
This book examines Jungian theories on myth and religion, from Carl G. Jung to Jordan B. Peterson. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

Psychoanalysis of Mythology. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Psychoanalysis of Mythology
by Stefan Stenudd
This book examines Freudian theories on myth and religion, from Sigmund Freud to Erich Fromm. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).

       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.

Jungian Theories on Myth and Religion

Texts presenting and critically examining Joseph Campbell, Jordan B. Peterson and other prominent Jungians concerning their theories about mythology and religion.

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 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


Creation Myths: Emergence and Meanings
Psychoanalysis of Myth: Freud and Jung
Jungian Theories on Myth and Religion
Archetypes of Mythology - the book
Psychoanalysis of Mythology - the book
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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I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.