Creation Myths

By Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About me

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


Creation Myths

Creation Myths - menu.
Myths, legends and stories from all around the world about how the earth and mankind emerged, and the thoughts behind them.



My Other Websites:

Life Energy

The many life force beliefs all over the world, ancient and modern, explained.

Taoistic

The ancient Chinese cosmology and philosophy of life, based on Tao, the Way, and its source texts explained.

Tarot Meaning

All about the old deck of Tarot cards traditionally used for divination, and the archetype symbolism of each card.


Books:

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

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.

Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

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.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tao Te Ching

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.

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

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 of Rig Veda 10:129.

The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129

The Paradox of Origin


  1. The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129
  2. Rig Veda 10:129, Max Müller's Translation
  3. Rig Veda 10:129, H. H. Wilson's Translation
  4. Rig Veda 10:129, R. T. H. Griffith's Translation
  5. Rig Veda 10:129, A. A. Macdonell's Translation
  6. The English versions of Rig Veda 10:129

The Paradox of Origin

Few 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.


Present-day India on the world map.
Present-day India on the world map.


     Mainly, it reveals an insoluble paradox in which the human mind of the past as well as the present easily gets trapped. Much of what puzzled people three thousand years ago, still puzzles us today. So, we should be wary of taking for granted that our ancestors were intellectually inferior to us. We have more facts, but they knew what we still would not know today, nor tomorrow.

     That's what this Creation hymn of Rig Veda points out.


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2   Rig Veda 10:129, Max Müller's Translation



The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129

The Paradox of Origin
  1. The Creation in Rig Veda 10:129
  2. Rig Veda 10:129, Max Müller's Translation
  3. Rig Veda 10:129, H. H. Wilson's Translation
  4. Rig Veda 10:129, R. T. H. Griffith's Translation
  5. Rig Veda 10:129, A. A. Macdonell's Translation
  6. The English versions of Rig Veda 10:129

© Stefan Stenudd 2012