Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why are there many myths about the creation of the Universe?

Haven't you often wondered how this Earth and our Universe began? Well, this question has fascinated Man for millions of years, and different cultures and civilizations developed their own myths to answer this question. The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed that the Universe was created when the God Atum uttered his own name. Next, he vomited up his brother and sister, and they had two children together called Geb, who was the Earth, and Nut, who was the sky.

The Chinese believed that the Universe began with a huge egg, and within it, two forces known as ying and yang created the God Phan Ku, who in turn became the Universe.

The Hindus have several creation myths. One of these myths states that Universe began when the ocean gave birth to a golden egg from which Brahma, the creator of the Universe emerged.

The Aztecs of Mexico had a rather violent myth. They believed that the Universe was created when a goddess was ripped apart by two other gods creating the Earth and the sky!

According to the Christians, God created the Universe in six days, and rested on the seventh day. Today, of course, science has other explanations for the origin of the Universe, but you must admit that the old myths are really fascinating.

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