Canaanite Creation Myth
Canaanite Creation from Cosmic Egg
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Research indicates that every culture has its own creation myth, and a version known as the Cosmic Egg circulated in Egypt and Canaan. The unusual rock art presented here depicts the steps of creation according to the Canaanite Creation myth. Combining the ancient myth with a known creation text, we get a textual and visual confirmation match.
The array of symbols engraved in this rock art corresponds to the stages of creation as described by Syrian philosopher Dameskios, based on the writings of Mochus (13th century BC), the Phoenician proto-philosopher (N. Darshan). The following quote portrays the Canaanite creation stages:
“First was the upper air and lower air, these two were the first and from them, God World (Olamos) was created, he was the limit of reason. Saying which, from the merger itself, created Kushar, the God of Wisdom, and then created the egg. Kushar has the opening power given to understanding, he creates the initial separation in nature which is completely inseparable. After the formation of top and bottom air incurred at one end and two spirits created mid, the wind of west and south, and there are who consider these winds previous to God of the World. Kushar is the first step that can be understood and the egg is considered heaven because they say that when it was divided into two halves it created heaven and earth. “
Rock Art Clues
Interpreting rock art is not an easy endeavor. And, at first glance, the scene in this rock art appears ambiguous because the engraved symbols seem unrelated, thus obscuring the narrative. But there are guiding clues in this rock art which reveal its meaning. For instance, the circle has a special meaning in many rock art; it represents either the sun or an egg. The relative sizes of the circles, large and small, and their heights suggest that they represent different things.
There are other clues including a symbol that resembles the Egyptian milk tree, Fig. 2. In this example, we can see how the Egyptians conceived of God feeding hands. This is very similar to the depiction of the god Olamus. The connection between the three decoded symbols reveals the steps in the Canaanite Creation version, as indicated in Fig.1.
Deciphering the rock art
Fig.1 presents a rock art image depicting a Canaanite Creation myth with its five symbols that illustrate the creation sequence that fits accurately the textual version, as follows:
- First was the upper air and lower air
- from them, the God World (Olamos) created
- the merger itself, created Kushar, the God of Wisdom
- and the egg is considered a heaven
- it divided into two halves it created the heaven and earth
The leftmost symbol represents the upper air and lower air, a wavy line separates the top from the bottom giving it the shape of a human body. Next shown the god Olamos engraved with hands only, a symbolic work gesture inspired by the Egyptian Milk Tree. He creates Kushar, the craftsman god of wisdom that creates the egg seen as the small circle beneath him. In turn, creating the heavens and earth from the egg. The big circle (the sun) and the “camel’s” hump (the sky) represent heaven, the camel’s body represents earth, and the dog underneath represents the underworld.
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