Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Project Idea: Creation Stories

Just as there are many gods in India, there are many stories of creation. Brahma is often called the "Creator," but there are other creative forces at work to make the world as it is, and the ancient epics provide important evidence for those creation stories.

Research Tip: Start with the Wikipedia articles on Hindu cosmology and Hindu evolution (especially the creation myths section), and then look at one of the most famous of the creation stories: Samudra-manthan, "The Churning of the Ocean." You might also enjoy the article on Hiranyagarbha, the "Golden Egg" (or "Golden Womb"), along with the article on the god Prajapati. Wikipedia also has good articles on Brahma, plus Manu, the first man (although according to some sources, Yama was the first mortal man). For the cycle of creation and destruction, see the article on Hindu eschatology.

You will find this comic book on Reserve in Bizzell: Stories of Creation from the Brahma Purana.

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