questions from lecture
1. The power of deity in myths of creation from nothing establishes the cosmos as
unrelated to, and discontinuous from, all other structures, prior to the statement of
the creation of the cosmos and the human condition as enunciated in the myth.
The autonomous and self-created nature of the deity appears out of the void or out
of nothingness. The deliberate process of the creation signifies wilful volition and
the fact that the creation is brought forth as a form of perfection from a supreme
2. Creation from cosmic egg: Symbolism of a cosmic egg or an ovoid shape out of
which creation or the first created being emerges. Myths of this kind are found in:
Polynesia, Africa, India, Japan, and Greece. The egg is a symbol of fertility. The
incubation of the egg implies a time-ordered creation and a specific determination
regarding the created order. The meaning of creation in megalithic cultures is
expressed in the form of a sky father and an Earth mother as sexually
differentiated deities. Another stage is when the parents are separated and may
reside within the egg as twins.
3. Earth-diver Myths: water, in its undif