Tue Sep 8 18:52:36 EDT 2009

Greek Creation Myth

Very interesting. I just learned a bit about ancient Greek creation mythology, and it really struck a chord.

According to Hesiod in his Theogony, creation started with Chaos, or nothingness. Out of Chaos came Eurynome, Gaia, Eros, the Abyss, and Erebus.

Ok, so what in the world does that mean? Here are some quick definitions:

  • Chaos: emptyness, dark void, original state of existence, god of the air.
  • Eurynome: not clear... "far-wandering".
  • Gaia: the Earth.
  • Eros: Love
  • the Abyss: bottomless pit, underworld, hell
  • Erebus: deep darkness or shadow, son of Chaos, personification of darkness and shadow

According to the mythology described by Edgar Cayce, the original primordial god created everything there is. This god is Chaos. The purpose of the original act of creation was to produce beings with free will; I believe this fits the possible meaning of Eurynome, because a being with free will can wander from the creator in ways the creator cannot forsee. Also created was the essence of existence, Eros. Chaos' plan was for beings to use their free will to become perfect and to love all creation as Chaos does. Among the beings who were created was the first son, who challenged Chaos' power and position; this is Erebus, who was cast down into the newly created Abyss as punishment. (In the modern day we call Erebus Satan.) Also created at the same time was the Earth, Gaia, so that the beings (us) would have a place to exist and learn without the god-like trappings of power that led Erebus astray.

Change the words around a bit, and this mythology also matches the Hindu tradition, as well as many others around the world. It's not so different from Christian mythology either, as far as creation is concerned.

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