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Are there other Gardens of Eden?

Outside the Abrahamic religions and mythology are there any equivalents to the Garden of Eden? More specifically: A garden, orchard, or similarly cultivated or designed space distinct from wilderness ...
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How early is the Zoroastrian myth of mountains stabilizing a shaky Earth?

I found that this myth is in Zoroastrianism (Selections of Zadspram and the Greater Bundahishn). How early did this myth of mountains being used to stabilize a shaky Earth appear in Zoroastrianism? ...
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What high school subject would mythology & creation myth be covered in?

Not sure if this is the best site to ask this question, but what high school subjects would generally cover mythology and creation myth? I have heard that possibly ancient history or literature in ...
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Are there any Dragons myths about dragons being the creators of creation? Supernatural beings -as it were - that created the landscape?

I don't have a link to share, just seems to me that ancient man read the landscape and its spiritual and supernatural significance seems to pivot mostly around Dragon myths.
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Phrygian creation myth

Years ago I heard that the Phrygians had, in their creation myth, that they were the firstborn people of creation. This came up in the context of biblical studies where the apostle Paul - in his ...
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Character that created themself?

Is there a character in any mythology or folklore that was notable for having created themselves?
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Iterative Creation Myths: Rare or Just Obscure?

I noticed that in the categorisation of creation myths, there isn't a slot for iterative creation, i.e. where one world is created after another (with or without destroying the previous one), without ...
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In What Myth the Octopus Hails from a Previous World?

I have at some point in my life encountered a claim that according to some islanders' myths, octopodes are the only survivors from a previous world, and managed to squeeze through a rift between ...
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Why do so many cultures have a myth of the world being made or remade from water?

In various creation and flood myths the world is said to be remade from water, why would different ancient cultures have this same theme?
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What started the flood in Sumerian Mythology?

This version of the great flood myth, I have found, is unique because it does not appear as if the gods started it or caused it. Just that they knew of it and didn't warn or try to save the humans. ...
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Did Yggdrassil exist before the world's creation

In the cosmos creation myth, Ymir is born from the clash of ice and fire that comes from Muspelheim and Niflheim. When Odin and his brothers kill Ymir and create the world using his body it sounds ...
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Humans and Ages of Man [closed]

I'm a little confused. In the Golden Age, it is said that humans and deities lived harmoniously, also living long lives. In the Silver Age, Zeus said that humans will live 100 years as children. But, ...
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Was Ymir ever awake?

Seems like he was always asleep, until Odin created the world out of his body. He drank the milk of the cow Auðumbla, and he is illustrated to be conscious while doing so, but that need not be. Jotun ...
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Humans' missing piece myth identification

Does anyone know a myth that refers/explains the feeling of incompleteness that humans have, and which drives us, makes us seekers of a missing something/fulfillment? Ideally an ancient or primitive ...
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What is the original creation myth of Hawaiian mythology?

According to what I read in the Internet, there are two variants of the creation myth in Hawaiian mythology. According to the first two websites, the god Kane emerged from Chaos or Po and he creates ...
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Why did Athena breathe life into the man Prometheus created?

I have seen many books and papers reference Athena breathing life into the man Prometheus molded out of clay, but I couldn't find any primary sources of this happening, and I couldn't find any good ...
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Do the seemingly random timespans in the Kalevala creation story have any significance?

The first chapter of the Kalevala always gives a specific number of years (sometimes multiple numbers) when describing time skips. The three examples I saw are quoted below. Is there any known ...
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Why did many ancient civilizations believe that giants created the world?

From what I know, there were at least three ancient civilizations that believed that giants created the world. Firstly, we have the Chinese, where the creation myth dates back to 600 BC, according to ...
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To the Greeks, how was the Earth created?

In Greek mythology, Cronus/Kronos and Gaea were the first gods to exist, Gaea the goddess to rule the Earth and Cronus the moon. When they first appeared, the Earth was already in existence. Neither ...
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Does Iroquois legend tell where the Sky People came from?

The Iroquois creation myth tells of Sky people that lived in the Sky World. From firstpeople.us: In the beginning, the world was not as we know it now. It was a water world inhabited only by ...
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Was the story of Adam and Eve influenced by Sumerian Ninti and Enki?

Was the story of Adam and Eve from Book of Genesis influenced by the Sumerian story of Enki and Ninti? On Wikipedia page about Ninti we can read: Some scholars suggest that this served as the ...
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Why is the Serpent the most common motif as the creator in indigenous Australian cultures?

Related to the question How long ago was the Dreaming?, according to the Wikipedia Rainbow Serpent page, the Rainbow Serpent is an integral part of many indigenous Australian cultures, and ...
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Is there any explanation in greek mythology for the creation of Uranus and Gaea?

I was just wondering because there never seems to be a beginning. Greek mythology always seems to start with just there being Uranus and Gaea with no events before that. Is there a beginning before ...
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In Ho-Chunk mythos, how was the world created?

I'm interested in creation stories from various cultures. I find it interesting to see similarities and differences between various "origin of man" and "origin of the world" accounts. The Ho-Chunk ...
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How long ago was the Dreaming?

The Dreaming, or dreamtime, is the Australian Aboriginal term for the pre-creation formless world, which was then given form by various deities including the rainbow serpent. How long ago was the ...
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How does the Scientological creation myth describe the rebirth of humankind following Xenu's hydrogen bombing?

I don't know much about Scientology, but I hear that their version of cosmogony involves Xenu bringing a large number of humans to Earth from somewhere-or-the-other (some millions of years ago), and ...
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