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MythA Biography of Belief$
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David Leeming

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142888.001.0001

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Myth, Science, and Modernism

(p.27) Chapter II Creation

David Leeming

Oxford University Press

Creation myths from several traditions – Zuni, Vedic, Christian, and Icelandic, for example – reveal several ways by which humans through the ages have attempted to identify themselves culturally in relation to what they have seen as the source of being. Ex Nihilo cosmogonies stress a central male creative sky power; earth‐centered cosmogonies see creation through the feminine metaphor of motherhood. Universalists and some scientists see a new vision of creation based on new scientific understandings. A literary example of a modernist approach to creation is Virginia Woolf's novel, To the Lighthouse.

Keywords:   cosmogonies, creation, creation myths, earth‐centered creation, Ex Nihilo creation, modernism, myth, science, To the Lighthouse, universalists, Woolf

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