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Creation is the beginning before the beginning itself. It is the moment that everything and everyone, from the largest of bodies to the tiniest of molecules, came into existence.

Overview

The tale of the Creation varies considerably but it is shown that there is a repeating pattern of motifs in many creation myths within other mythological tales. These repeating patterns imply that the gods of pagan belief and their ancestors aided the Abrahamic God in the creation of all things which would also imply that the universe itself is far more infinite than people seem to think.

Description

Mythologists have applied various schemes to classify creation myths found throughout human cultures. The classification identifies five basic types:

  • Creation ex nihilo in which the creation is through the thought, word, dream or bodily secretions of a divine being.
  • Earth diver creation in which a diver, usually a bird or amphibian sent by a creator, plunges to the seabed through a primordial ocean to bring up sand or mud which develops into a terrestrial world.
  • Emergence myths in which progenitors pass through a series of worlds and metamorphoses until reaching the present world.
  • Creation by the dismemberment of a primordial being.
  • Creation by the splitting or ordering of a primordial unity such as the cracking of a cosmic egg or a bringing order from chaos.

Some mythologists further developed and refined this typology to highlight nine themes, adding elements such as deus faber, a creation crafted by a deity, creation from the work of two creators working together or against each other, creation from sacrifice and creation from division/conjugation, accretion/conjunction, or secretion.

An alternative system based on six recurring narrative themes was designed by Raymond Van Over:

  • Primeval abyss, an infinite expanse of waters or space.
  • Originator deity which is awakened or an eternal entity within the abyss.
  • Originator deity poised above the abyss.
  • Cosmic egg or embryo.
  • Originator deity creating life through sound or word.
  • Life generating from the corpse or dismembered parts of an originator deity.

Ex Nihilo

The myth that God created the world out of nothing – ex nihilo – is central today to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides felt it was the only concept that the three religions shared. Nonetheless, the concept is not found in the entire Hebrew Bible. The authors of Genesis were concerned not with the origins of matter (the material which God formed into the habitable cosmos), but with assigning roles so that the Cosmos should function. In the early 2nd century CE, early Christian scholars were beginning to see a tension between the idea of world-formation and the omnipotence of God, and by the beginning of the 3rd century creation ex nihilo had become a fundamental tenet of Christian theology.

Ex nihilo creation is found in creation stories from ancient Egypt, the Rig Veda, and many animistic cultures in Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. In most of these stories the world is brought into being by the speech, dream, breath, or pure thought of a creator but creation ex nihilo may also take place through a creator's bodily secretions.

The literal translation of the phrase ex nihilo is "from nothing" but in many creation myths the line is blurred whether the creative act would be better classified as a creation ex nihilo or creation from chaos. In ex nihilo creation myths the potential and the substance of creation springs from within the creator. Such a creator may or may not be existing in physical surroundings such as darkness or water, but does not create the world from them, whereas in creation from chaos the substance used for creation is pre-existing within the unformed void.

In modern science today, the Big Bang theory seems to point to an ex nihilo creation, as explained by the physicist and theorist Stephen Hawking who uses as an example that "there is nothing south of the south pole" to simplify that "there is nothing before the Big Bang". Indicating that the universe came out of nothing.

Creation from the Primordial Chaos

In creation from chaos myth, initially there is nothing but a formless, shapeless expanse. In these stories the word "chaos" means "disorder", and this formless expanse, which is also sometimes called a void or an abyss, contains the material with which the created world will be made. The Primordial Chaos may be described as having the consistency of vapor or water, dimensionless, and sometimes salty or muddy. These myths associate chaos with evil and oblivion, in contrast to "order" (cosmos) which is the good. The act of creation is the bringing of order from disorder, and in many of these cultures it is believed that at some point the forces preserving order and form will weaken and the world will once again be engulfed into the abyss.

World Parent

There are two types of world parent myths, both describing a separation or splitting of a primeval entity, the world parent or parents. One form describes the primeval state as an eternal union of two parents, and the creation takes place when the two are pulled apart. The two parents are commonly identified as Sky (usually male) and Earth (usually female) who in the primeval state were so tightly bound to each other that no offspring could emerge. These myths often depict creation as the result of a sexual union, and serve as genealogical record of the deities born from it.

In the second form of world parent myth, creation itself springs from dismembered parts of the body of the primeval being. Often in these stories the limbs, hair, blood, bones or organs of the primeval being are somehow severed or sacrificed to transform into sky, earth, animal or plant life, and other worldly features. These myths tend to emphasize creative forces as animistic in nature rather than sexual, and depict the sacred as the elemental and integral component of the natural world.

Emergence and Earth-Diver

In emergence myths humanity emerges from another world into the one they currently inhabit. The previous world is often considered the womb of the earth mother, and the process of emergence is likened to the act of giving birth. The role of midwife is usually played by a female deity, like the spider woman of several mythologies of Indigenous peoples in the Americas. Male characters rarely figure into these stories, and scholars often consider them in counterpoint to male-oriented creation myths, like those of the ex nihilo variety.

While the earth-diver is a common character in various traditional creation myths. In these stories a supreme being usually sends an animal into the primal waters to find bits of sand or mud with which to build habitable land. Some scholars interpret these myths psychologically while others interpret them cosmogonically. In both cases emphasis is placed on beginnings emanating from the depths.

History

Light vs Darkness

In the beginning, there was nothing but darkness. An endless, shapeless, and formless void of nothingness. But, all of sudden, there was an ultra hot substance unlike any other named Ayin, sho who isn't. Later, a watery substance cooled Ayin down, revealing the darkness that was always there. Eventually, the universe grew tired of being nothing, and so the universe said the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. With God becoming, another being, who was his equal and opposite, formed and rose out of the waters of Tehom. This being was Barbelo, who was Gods opposite in appearance but equal in personality. A shadow suddenly formed behind Barbelo, from that shadow came Therion. When these beings formed, so was life, and when life was formed, death formed shortly afterwards. When the first second clicked, time also formed. When a hint of conflict and madness formed, so did the blind idiocy of Azathoth. And finally to maintain order, the universe required endlessness and oblivion, and so from a cosmic egg came the Ouroboros and the Vitriol.

Then the Spirit of God breathe the surface of the deep, then God said "Let there be light!", and there was light. From that light gives birth that hurl to all things across the first, original, and virgin universe. With that God decided to put the very elemental forces that will bind the the universe. These elemental forces holds the balance that hurl across the universe, these are: power, space, time, reality, mind, and soul. From that moment, however, gives birth, also to an unending creation to another worlds, that hurl across the virgin universe, that would be later known as the Megaverse, with a similar, yet different Multiverses and timelines, and then after the formation of the never-ending universes (known as the Megaverse).

Eventually, God maintained his purpose decided to create something by doing that he must separate the void and abyss from the latter. He first did this by declaring "Let There be Light" and when His light shone, it cast a shadow upon the waters of chaos that hid Azathoth. Azathoth was immediately bombarded by the light and its intensity brought him pain and anger and warred with the Almighty.

While the duration of the battle between these cosmic forces is unknown due to the fact that the concept of time was nonexistent, it is written that it took six days for God to finally defeat the others. On the second day, God created the Arcuthas in order to combat the others. On the third day, Khaos created the Primordials and Azathoth created the Outer Gods both in order to combat God, while on the fourth day God, Khaos and Azathoth, through their collision, created the essence of many elemental and eldritch beings. The fifth day resulted in the elementals being fashioned by Barbelo to combat these lesser eldritch beings while the Primordials combated the Outer Gods.

At last on the sixth they were finally able to defeat both Azathoth and its creations with Khaos revealing himself to be a bit more sympathetic and joined God's side, defeating Ayin, the Darkness, and Therion, due to the three not having armies. However, God was unable to destroy Azathoth fully nor was he able to do the same to most of the Outer Gods, only successful in destroying some of them, and had no choice but to instead imprison what remained of Azathoth in a chrysalis state and chained him using what can only be described as metaphysical existential chains that held all of everything together. Moreover, Azathoth fell into a deep and endless slumber due to the surrounding of creation being too much for it with God then exiling the Outer into the Outerverse. God's creations during the war, was left the Arcuthas, had to be locked away due to Therion corrupting them.

Creation of All

On the seventh day, God laid to rest alongside his creations as the collision between the darkness and His own was starting to form the universe. As he rested, he commissioned the primordial gods to rearrange the scattered universe and properly place it in the way humans have come to know it as it is. The first second of the first day gave the formation of Father Time and together with Mother Night formed the Endless, with the first among them being Destiny who was born when the first ever thing was fated to do anything. While the universe was being properly formed, thirteen artifacts were created in the process. These artifacts became the living manifestations of the aspects of creation itself.

He then created Heaven with the angels then helping Him cement the fundamental cogs that make up all that there is when the Primordials were done. After He created Heaven and Earth, God noticed several artifacts that took form during His war against Azathoth. He scattered these artifacts upon the new born Earth as a way for it to be nurtured. By creating a firmament between Heaven and Earth which is supposedly a dome of some sort that separated the two from one another, it cannot be accessed by the inhabitants of Earth unless God allows it. The firmament is then populated by luminaries which become the stars and the light to signify morning and night. The Primordials were also allowed to Earth, where they would reproduce and spawn the countless polytheistic pantheons of deities.

Before He created man, God made the first beasts which each ruled over a part of the Earth. The first among them was the Leviathan, a primordial creature that swam within the oceans of chaos and was tamed by God to then roam within the depths of the Earth's waters, lording over the creatures of the sea. The second was the Behemoth, who lorded over the earth and its creatures and the third was the Ziz, who lorded over the skies and its creatures. These beasts were created as representations of the Earth's majesty and to express the dominant power of nature over man and are the only three beasts that Adam and Eve have no lordship over.

Creation of Man

After which, the angels were then created and acted as both his emissaries and soldiers, the first of which was named Empra. Their ranks were made and each given a specific task that was overseen by his archangels and himself. Lucifer was the most perfect of all his creations and thus appointed him into lightening the stars by condensing clouds of hydrogen into star-masses and set them alight, earning him the title of "Morning Star", and also being the brightest angel in existence. Lucifer was so loved by God, even more so than Michael himself. Because of this he was prideful of himself. When God created the animals of the Earth, he created the last of his creations which was man.

He placed his two beloved creations known as Adam and Lilith in the Garden of Eden alongside his most prized creations. However, upon seeing that Lilith would not submit to Adam, He had his angels escort her out of Eden before forming the woman known as Eve from Adam's rib as a replacement for Lilith. Samael was then tasked with watching over the humans, however, ruled over by his pride and his role as an arbiter, Samael saw that these humans were flawed and was angered that he would be tasked that he would have to guide and protect such creatures. Lucifer in the meantime, due to being His favorite, was exposed to God's plans and would only see that everything, including His children, would be under His rule and thus having no free will of their own. In his paranoia and pride, Lucifer became against this and rebelled against His creator.

Lucifer gathered a one third of the angelic host and waged war against God. However, there was resistance as God tasked His greatest soldier, Michael, into leading His armies and defeating his brother. After a titanic struggle, Lucifer was defeated and was cast out unto the Earth alongside their legion of rebellious angels by Michael. The collision of the fallen angels to Earth were like an endless stream of powerful fiery lightning, which soon ended as they fell into a deep abyss of its own known as Hell that became a realm of endless punishment for the sinful.

God then continued to oversee Adam and Eve's development in the Garden of Eden, He told them that they could do anything they wanted but were prohibited to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam would name all the animals and creatures in Eden whilst Eve would name all the plants. Seeing this, Lucifer had asked the fallen angel Samael to possess a serpent before entering the Garden, then enticed Eve into eating the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, in order for Lucifer to show how flawed they are and for Lucifer to cut God's hold over free will of mankind. He succeeded as Eve and then Adam was tempted into eating the fruit, from which God specifically stated not to. In the process, God had Uriel cast Adam and Eve to Earth and were cursed with the mark of sin; Eve would have labor pains while giving birth and menstrual cycles.

Cain and Abel

Later on, Adam and Eve procreated and bore two sons known as Cain and Abel. Abel became a herder of sheep while Cain was a tiller of the soil. And it happened in the course of time that Cain brought from the fruit of the soil an offering to the Almighty. And Abel too had brought from the choice firstlings of his flock, and God regarded Abel and his offering but did not regard Cain and his offering. And Cain was very incensed, and his face fell.

Jealous of God's favoritism towards Abel, Cain led his brother, while being under the influence of the Mark of Cain, out into the wilderness to kill him. Upon returning, God asked Cain, "Where is Abel your brother? And he said, "I do not know: am I my brother's keeper?" Upon realizing what he had done, God cursed Cain and his descendants, saying, "Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil. And so, cursed shall you be by the soil that gaped with its mouth to take your brother's blood from your hand. If you till the soil, it will no longer give you strength. A restless wanderer shall you be on the earth." The curse that Cain was given prevented him from dying and being slain, which would eventually drive him mad. Cain's killing of Abel tainted the Earth along with the descendants of Cain with even further sin.

Great Flood

With the passing of time, the world is further plunged into sin and thus allows God to instruct a group of angels whom would be known as the Watchers, to watch over the humans and their operations. However, the angels soon began to lust after the human women and taking possession of the males, they mated with them and produced the mighty and terrible Nephilim. Before he could wipe out the corrupt humans, God instructs Noah to create an Ark that will house all the animals of Earth. After its completion, God sends a mighty flood that completely destroys all corrupt life as well as the Nephilim. Eventually, the Grigori are punished for this heinous act. Filled with guilt and sadness upon having to destroy his creations, God promised not to destroy the world a second time.

Fall of Babel

After the Great Flood, a united humanity began to speak the same language. As people migrated from the east, they settled in the land of Shinar. People there sought to make bricks and build a city and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for themselves, so that they not be scattered over the world. God came down to look at the city and tower, and remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. God went down and confounded their speech, so that they could not understand each other, and scattered them over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city. Thus the city was called Babylon, and with the Tower of Babel becoming a historical and Biblical landmark for centuries to come, as well as being a symbol that there can be no higher authority than God.

Myths and Legends

Quotes

There's a value - a glory - in creation, that's greater and truer than my pride or my ego. Call it grace, call it being; whatever it is, it did not come from my hands. It was there. Awaiting its birth. It just is.
God
In the beginning...
The phrase with which all mythologies begin.
There's a value - a glory - in creation, that's greater and truer than my pride or my ego. Call it grace, call it being; whatever it is, it didn't come from my hands! It was there! Waiting to be born! It just is, as you and I just were!
God to The Darkness.
Each beginning seems to presuppose an earlier beginning. ... Instead of meeting a single starting point, we encounter an infinity of them, each of which poses the same problem. ... There are no entirely satisfactory solutions to this dilemma. What we have to find is not a solution but some way of dealing with the mystery .... And we have to do so using words. The words we reach for, from God to gravity, are inadequate to the task. So we have to use language poetically or symbolically; and such language, whether used by a scientist, a poet, or a shaman, can easily be misunderstood.
David Gilbert Christian.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Genesis 1:1-5.

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