Cosmic Egg Creation

Cosmis Egg Creation Rock art

Cosmic Egg Creation

Deciphering Rock Art from the Negev Desert, Israel
Copyright © 2016 by Yehuda Rotblum

The mind can’t accept unknown and how it all started is just one of them. Multiple creation myths exist in the ancient world and over time they diffused into each other uniting the region prevalent ideas, an evolution steps approaching truth. The creation motifs include symbols of primeval chaos, wind, water. In the region of Egypt, in Hermopolis a provincial capital in Old Kingdom 2500BC, and Canaan (see Caananite Creation) a myth circulated that Creation spontaneously occurred from a Cosmic Egg.  

Creation Myth Symbols

In many myths, creation emerges from a state of chaos transformed into order and in this act the Godly powers intervene to form life.  Creation results in the fusion of life main elements: wind, earth, and water, which a symbolic sky and earth mating with the sustaining energy of life. The Bible describes the conditions prior creation: Genesis 1-2:…” darkness was over the deep, and the God Wind was hovering over the face of waters“.  A similar idea is expressed in Sumer in the epic story Enuma Elish:  “…When in the height heaven was not named, And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name, And the primeval Apsu, who begat them, And chaos, Tiamat, the mother of them both,- Their waters were mingled together...”

Rock Art symbols

The creation scene presented in Fig.1 three elements play a central role: The Godly Wind, Earth, and Water. The symbols descriptions from left to right: Time wheel derived from the apparent rotation of stars around North Star creates the godly wind, the creator energy.  The Ibex, in the center, (see Ibex and Rockart) represents the earth/fertility god that holds the primeval water in his hollow belly that resembles a container of water. To the ibex right, a man and a woman floating in the air. The woman seems torn from the man’s body, see the extrusion in the man ribs pointed by the woman hand,  and a circle/egg grows out from her body.

Fig1. Cosmic Egg Creation, Negev Desert Israel

Rock Art interpretation

The creation act of man and woman described in this rock art progresses from left to right. The wheel of time generates the godly wind, the chaos energy, which fuses with a stream of water sprouting from the ibex belly.  You can see the water spraying straight out of the ibex belly, splashing all over, reaching the ibex horns and the man hand. The fusion of wind and lower water create a man that in turn creates a woman that gives birth to the cosmic egg from, which creates the universe.

The creation myth presented here combines a diffusion of two different myths into one. A Biblical myth transitional stage blended with an idea of Egyptian myth. The scene left side reminds the Biblical man/woman creation story and the right side the Egyptian cosmic egg creation version.

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