Cosmic Egg Creation
Copyright © 2016 by Yehuda Rotblum
A famous archeologist told me once that it is better to be silent than speculate on Rockart meaning. Respectfully, I asked myself so what’s the path to new discoveries? How do you break the unknown past barrier? The only answer I came up with that in such situation it is best to speculate and not be silent! Here is such example:
In the region of Egypt and Canaan, 2500BC, a myth circulated that Creation spontaneously occurred from a Cosmic Egg. Its a popular old myth circulates in many parts of the world since the egg has all elements that create life. In our story, three elements play a central role: The Godly Wind, Earth, and Water. (The Bible later adapted the same elements for the creation story)
In the region of Egypt and Canaan, 2500BC, a myth circulated that Creation spontaneously occurred from a Cosmic Egg. In this story, three elements play a central role: The Godly Wind, Earth, and Water. The Rockart here presents such example, Fig1. The symbols descriptions from left to right: Time wheel derived from rotation of stars around earth, in the center the Ibex (see Ibex and Rockart) that represents the earth/fertility god with the primordial water in his belly, see his hollow belly that looks like a bucket of water, and the three lines at his neck are Orion belt. To the ibex right, a man and a woman standing and a circle coming out from her body.
My interpretation of this rockart is as follows: The wheel of time generates the godly wind, which fuses with a stream of water sprouting from the earth god belly, see the splashes of water near the ibex horns edge. This fusion of wind, earth, and water, creates a man connected to splash of water. The man creates the woman that gives birth to the cosmic egg from, which the universe is created. The creation scene presented here is very interesting since it combines two different stories into one. The left side reminds the Biblical man/woman creation story and the right side is an Egyptian version of the cosmic egg creation.
More deciphering, in a new book Rock Art in Israel, available online.