By Stefan Stenudd
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. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Myths, legends and stories from all around the world about how the earth and mankind emerged, and the thoughts behind them.
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The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.
The ancient Chinese cosmology and philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way, and its source texts explained.
All about the old deck of Tarot cards traditionally used for divination, and the archetype symbolism of each card.
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.
The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129
The Paradox of Origin
The Paradox of OriginFew cultures are as impenetrably complex as that of India. This is evident also in its ancient sources to ideas of the creation of the world. In Rig Veda, the collection of hymns from around 1500 to 800 BCE, the poet of one of them contemplates the very question if something can be first, i.e. if there can have been a creation at all.
This is in a famous hymn of the tenth mandala (Rig Veda 10:129), which is generally regarded as one of the later hymns, probably composed in the 9th century BCE. It has the Indian name Nasadiya Sukta, "Not the Non-existen", and is often given the English title Creation, because of its subject.
The advanced abstract reasoning in the hymn has brought it a lot of attention, not only within indology, but from scholars of philosophy and the history of religion as well. Its line of thought relates splendidly to cosmological thinking of the philosophers of Ancient Greece, all through to present day astronomy. And it ends with what seems like a punchline, a paradox taken to the extreme, almost as if the unknown poet of it was making a joke.
That's what this Creation hymn of Rig Veda points out.
The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129The Paradox of Origin