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ABC-CLIO's step forward reference paintings on production ideals from world wide returns in a richly up-to-date and increased re-creation. From the backyard of Eden, to the feminine creators of Acoma Indians, to the rival creators of the Basonge tribe within the Congo, construction Myths of the realm: An Encyclopedia, moment variation examines how diversified cultures clarify the origins in their existence.

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The Titan Kronos (Time) did the same thing in Greece, thus expressing the substitution of time for the timeless coupling of his parents. In Egypt Shu (Air) came between the amorous Geb and Nut, leaving GebÊs longing phallus reaching up helplessly towards his mate. In the Babylonian myth the god-hero Marduk defeated the chaotic monster Tiamat·the original mother· and separated her body into Heaven and Earth, thus combining both forms of the world parent myth. The Gilbert Islands creator separated his clam shell home into Sky and Earth.

A turquoise egg gave up a turquoise arrow of the female with golden feathers. From a white egg came a golden spindle. The Southern Californian Cupen→ o have a particularly original cosmic egg that appears hanging in the initial chaos as a bag that opened and released the creators, Coyote and Wild Cat. The Alaskan Kodiak teach that Raven caused a bladder, containing a man and a woman to come down from the heavens and that the man and woman made the bladder into the world. The cosmic egg of the African Dogon people was shaken by seven huge stirrings of the universe, causing a division into two birth sacs, each containing a set of twins who were fathered by the supreme being, Amma, on the maternal egg.

To keep chaos ordered we need to constantly experience it in new ways. The artist and we become analogous to the creator god or gods who chose to make order out of the primeval chaos. Ceremonies are another means by which we overcome the negative power of chaos·the power of disorder. The unwell Navajo sitting in the sand, painting and listening to the shaman singing the creation myth of his people is getting a second chance, a chance to overcome the chaos in his mind or body by re-participating in the original cosmos from chaos process.

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