Stories and legends from all around the world about how the world was created, and the thoughts behind them.
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
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.
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 divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Stories about How the World Began
Creation myths are stories about the birth of the world. They exist in just about every culture and reveal how people in ancient times speculated about how the world may have emerged. Creation stories were their kind of cosmological research, albeit of a very speculative nature.
Therefore, the creation myths reveal a lot about the thoughts of human beings in the very distant past - how they saw the world and tried to understand it. Since their minds were not very different from ours, their myths also teach us a lot about ourselves.
Prometheus creates man. Italian marble relief from the 3rd century CE.
Creation Myths Around the World
Creations stories have appeared in just about every culture and mythological tradition. They differ tremendously, but also have several patterns and ingredients seemingly in common. These similarities can be traced down to how human speculation about the birth of the world was likely to begin and what inspired it. Also, many similarities between creation myths have to do with the narrative, the rules of telling a story - especially one dependent on oral tradition.
Genesis 1: The First Creation Story of the Bible
I also present some of the Genesis commentaries made by St. Augustine and Martin Luther, who both contribute to shed light on how the Bible has been perceived in the past.
Enuma Elish: Babylonian Creation
In Enuma Elish, the babylonian god Marduk defeats the gods of old, inherited from neighboring cultures, including the divine couple making the world appear.
The Paradox of Origin - Rig Veda 10:129
Insoluble Solitude - Xingu Creation of Man
The Logics of Myth
There are two kinds of myth: explanatory (like creation myths) and adventures (mainly hero stories). As for the former, there are additional rules regarding dramaturgy and time-space dimensions.
Psychoanalysis of Myth
Freud was particularly interested in myths about the appearance of gods and men, whereas Jung saw a pattern of archetypes in every myth of whatever content. This text is on my personal website stenudd.com.
Myth of Creation
Cosmos of the Ancients
Here the cosmological ideas of each one of the Greek philosophers is presented and compared. The texts are on my personal website stenudd.com.
Life Energy Ideas
There are indeed many near-synonyms to the life energy concept, as we know it from the Latin spiritus, the Greek pneuma, the Indian prana, the Chinese qi (or chi), and so on. But here are also many concepts that have been regarded as examples of a life energy, although at closer examination it's clear that they are not. Beliefs from distant times and cultures are not that easy to comprehend, so we frequently fall into the trap of expecting them to be exact counterparts to old ideas of ours. That's far from always the case.
Those concepts that are indeed examples of a life energy, though, show several similarities - but still some significant differences, which help us to understand the life energy idea in the mind of man. The texts are on my website devoted to life energy ideas, the-lifeenergy.com.
I'm a Swedish writer and historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. I've also written books about Tao Te ching, the Chinese Taoist classic, and other eastern traditions. Google Profile Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained. Click the image to visit.
The ancient Chinese cosmology and philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way, and its source texts explained. Click the image to visit.
All about the old deck of Tarot cards traditionally used for divination, and the archetype symbolism of each card. Click the image to visit.
The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free. Click the image to visit.
The roots and principles of classical astrology, the oldest system of divination in almost every culture. Complete horoscope basics and examples. Click the image to visit.