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Of the creation myths examined, most begin with the creation of something from nothing. This something is typically the world and universe as we know it, with nothing being exemplified by a void; a formlessness associated with whatever cultural notion of formlessness exists for that specific mythology. The void, as a mythological device, allows for a simple explanation of things being: there was nothing, then a deity created something. And now we have everything.

I’d like to apply this to human beings. Mythology is representative of us grasping for answers where none may appear. The void reflects this lack of understanding of the origins of the universe. It is a lack of understanding of our origins in so far as it is a void of the mind itself. It has always been filled by some explanation or another: gods, religions, philosophy and from a more contemporary perspective science. Must the void be filled, or should it simply be tended to? Maybe it is outside human comprehension to understand the origins of everything.

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2 thoughts on “Creation Myths and The Void

  1. I believe that on some level this is true. as if we can’t comprehend that somehow there had to be nothing before anything, therefore within forms of mythology we have to create a form, or idea, that this nothingness was actually somehow responsible or it at least holds where the universe would eventually be created.
    it’s interesting that this idea is so prevalent that it appears in many myths.

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