Some Common Mythic Elements










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Common Starting Elements in Creation Stories:
Culture Water Darkness Light Creator Link(s)
Early Greek Sea Chaos N/M Chaos Eurynome
Later Greek Chaos Yes N/M Chaos from Hesiod
Egyptian Sea N/M Created from Chaos Chaos Two Stories
Mayan Sea Yes Created by Committee Four Gods Popul Vuh #1
Hindu Chaos Brahman Created Brahman Created Brahman Indian
Verdic
Norse Mist abyss South of Mist Ymir+cow Norse
Persian N/M Abyss Ozmud Filled Abyss with it Ozmud & Ahiri Ozmud vs Ahiri
Semite Waters wild and waste Pre-existed Yahwah Created Yawah Torah
Yoruba Watery chaos,marshy waste N/M N/M Gods + Sky pre-xisting Several
Finnish Primeval Sea N/M N/M Sea first Kaleva
Chinese No, Cosmic Egg Yang Yin Pangu+Yin+Yang Several
Japanese Oily Sea of Chaos N/M N/M Kami Like Chinese
Polynesian Watery Chaos Po Ao Ku Polynesian
Algonquin N/M N/M N/M Earth mother Many nations
Ankara Water Below N/A Pre-existing Yes+2 ducks Many nations
Iroquois Sea Below Pre-existed Created by the Great Turtle+Humans Great Turtle Many nations
Pawnee Below N/M N/M One Great Spirit Many nations
Puma Yes Creator made Creator made Created from sea foam Many nations
Yuma Yes Pre-existing Evil Pre-existing Good Formed from splashes Many nations
Zuni Moisture Always there Always there Father Sun Many nations
Inca Primeval Lake Pre-existing From water+darkness Arose from Water Inca
Mesopotamia Chaos N/M N/A Sky+Chaos Middle East
N/M means not mentioned.




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