World creation myths and pre-history from China, Japan, India and Australia. Long ago all the elements were mixed together with one germ of life. This germ began to mix things around and around until the heavier part sank and the lighter part rose.
A muddy sea that covered the entire earth was created. From this ocean grew a green shoot. It grew and grew until it reached the clouds and there it was tranformed into a god.
Soon this god grew lonely and it began to create other gods. The last two gods it made, Izanagi and Izanami, were the most remarkable.
One day as they were walking along they looked down on the ocean and wondered what was beneath it. Izanagi thrust his staff into the waters and as he pulled it back up some clumps of mud fell back into the sea. They began to harden and grow until they became the islands of Japan. The two descended to these islands and began to explore, each going in different directions. They created all kinds of plants. When they met again they decided to marry and have children to inhabit the land.
The first child Izanami bore was a girl of radiant beauty. The gods decided she was too beautiful to live in Japan, so they put her up in the sky and she became the sun. Their second daughter, Tsuki-yami, became the moon and their third and unruly son, Sosano-wo, was sentenced to the sea, where he creates storms. Later, their first child, Amaterasu, bore a son who became the emperor of Japan and all the emperors since then have claimed descent from him.
Hindu Creation Myt simplified version: A giant Cobra floated on the waters. Asleep within its endless coils lay the Lord Vishnu. He was watched over by the mighty serpent. Everything was so silent and peaceful that Vishnu slept undisturbed by dreams motion. From the depths a humming sound began to tremble, Ohm.
It grew and spread, filling the emptiness and throbbing with energy. The night had ended, Vishnu awoke. As the dawn began to break, from Vishnu's navel grew a magnificent lotus flower. In the middle of the blossom sat Vishnu's servant, Brahma. He awaited the Lord's command. Vishnu spoke to his servant: "It's time to begin", Brahma vowed. Vishnu commanded: "Create the world". A wind swept the waters. Vishnu and the serpent vanished. Brahma remained in the lotus flower, floating and tossing on the sea. He lifted up his arms and calmed the wind and the ocean. Then Brahma split the lotus flower into three.
He stretched one part into the heavens. He made another part into the earth. with the third part of the flower he created the skies. The earth was bare. Brahma set to work. He created grass, flowers, trees and plants of all kinds. To these he gave feeling. Next he created animals and the insects to live in the land. He made birds and many fish. To all these creatures he gave the sense of touch and smell. He gave them the power to see, hear and move. The world was soon bristling with life and the air was filled with the sound of Brahma's creation.
Excerpts from the Upanishads: These avatars such as Vishnu took on the form of a fish when a universal flood overwhelmed the earth. The fish legend first appeared in Brahman’s (the impersonal world soul) and the Noah's ark theme. The tortoise (Kurma) Vishnu became a great tortoise, and dived to the bottom of the cosmic ocean to reclaim the many divine treasures that were lost in the flood including the Ambrosia (Amrta, the food sometimes the drink of the gods in Greek mythology) with which Gods preserve their youth. A demon, Hiranyaksa, cast the earth once more into the depth of the cosmic ocean. Vishnu took the form of an enormous boar killed the demon, and raised the earth on his tusk. Another demon, Hirauyakasipu, had obtained a boon (blessing) from Brahma ensuring that he could not he killed by any man or beast.
The Aboriginals believe that dreamtime is the period when ancestral beings shaped the land, creating all species and human beings. Human beings are believed to be part of nature, closely associated with al other living thing. Images of lightning man cover sacred cliffs and caves in tribal areas.
In the beginning there was nothing in the universe except a formless chaos.
This chaos coalesced into a cosmic egg for about 18,000 years.
Within it, the perfectly opposed principles of Yin and Yang became balanced, and Pangu emerged (or woke up) from the egg.
Pangu is usually depicted as a primitive, hairy giant who has horns on his head and wears furs.
Pangu began creating the world: he separated Yin from Yang with a swing of his giant axe, creating the Earth (murky Yin) and the Sky (clear Yang).
To keep them separated, Pangu stood between them and pushed up the Sky.
With each day the sky grew ten feet (3 meters) higher, the Earth ten feet thicker, and Pangu ten feet taller.
In some versions of the story, Pangu is aided in this task by the four most prominent beasts, namely the Turtle, the Qilin, thePhoenix, and the Dragon.
After the 18,000 years had elapsed, Pangu died.
His breath became the wind, mist and clouds; his voice, thunder; his left eye, the sun; his right eye, the moon; his head, the mountains and extremes of the world; his blood, rivers; his muscles, fertile land; his facial hair, the stars and Milky Way; his fur, bushes and forests; his bones, valuable minerals; his bone marrow, sacred diamonds; his sweat, rain; and the fleas on his fur carried by the wind became animals.
One thing is certain every race on earth claimed to be the origin of these myths. My deduction is that these myths are different peas from same pod, and non of them stated that our earth is round.
We will examined all these assertions by forensically examining all the evidence as well as anecdotal ones. For a few of these myths were the basis for the Nebula Hypothesis theory.