Top 10 Creation Myths


From LiveScience comes 10 Creation Myths from different religions and cultures. I’ve taken Japan’s creation myth as an example:

The gods created two divine siblings, brother Izanagi and sister Izanami, who stood upon a floating bridge above the primordial ocean. Using the jeweled spear of the gods, they churned up the first island, Onogoro. Upon the island, Izanagi and Izanami married, and gave forth progeny that were malformed. The gods blamed it upon a breach of protocol. During the marriage ritual, Izanami, the woman, had spoken first. Correctly reprising their marriage ritual, the two coupled and produced the islands of Japan and more deities. However, in birthing Kagutsuchi-no-Kami, the fire god, Izanami died. Traumatized, Izanagi followed her to Yomi, the land of the dead. Izanami, having eaten the food of Yomi, could not return. When Izanagi suddenly saw Izanami’s decomposing body, he was terrified and fled. Izanami, enraged, pursued him, accompanied by hideous women. Izanagi hurled personal items at them, which transformed into diversions. Escaping the cavern entrance of Yomi, he blocked it with a boulder, thus permanently separating life from death. (Rather like Persephone in Hades, isn’t it?)

Japanese Gardens

Photo galleries of Japanese Gardens.

The gardens pictured on this page—most of them located in Kyoto and its environs—are given reasonably full coverage on this web site. Clicking on a thumbnail image will take you the introductory page for each garden, from which you can take a tour of the garden, consult a map indicating each point of view, and read a history of that garden.

(via Grow a Brain)