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Comparison of Creation Myths It is in the nature of humans to wonder about the unknown and search for answers At the foundation of nearly every culture is a creation myth that explains how the wonders of the earth came to be These myths have an immense influence on peoples frame of reference They influence the way people think about the world and their place in relation to their surroundings Creation Hymn from the Rig Veda Then even nothingness was not nor existence There was no air then nor the heavens beyond it What covered it Where was it In whose keeping Was there then cosmic water in depths unfathomed Then there were neither death nor immortality nor was there then the torch of night and day The One breathed mindlessly and self-sustaining There was that One then and there was no other At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness All this was only unillumined water That One which came to be enclosed in nothing arose at last born of the power of heat In the beginning desire descended on it- that was the primal seed born of the mind The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom know that which is is kin to that which is not And they have stretched their cord across the void and know what was above and what below Seminal powers made fertile mighty forces Below was strength and over it was impulse But after all who knows and who can say whence it all came and how creation happened The gods themselves are later than creation so who knows truly whence it has arisen Whence all creation had its origin he whether he fashioned it or whether he did not he who surveys it all from highest heaven he knows or maybe even he does not know The hymn
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