Cosmic Egg Creation
Cosmic Egg and Creation in Rock Art, Negev Desert.
The mind can’t accept unknown and how creation occurred is just one of them. No one witnessed creation but multiple versions exist as if someone witnessed it. Although these cosmogonic accounts originated in different cultures they share similar elements that over time diffused into each other. These creation motifs include symbols of primeval chaos, wind, water, all primary nature forces. In the region of Egypt, in Hermopolis a provincial capital in Old Kingdom 2500BC, and Canaan (see Canaanite Creation) a myth circulated that Creation spontaneously occurred from a Cosmic Egg, an ancient logic since the egg contains all the ingredients needed to create new life.
Creation Myth Symbols
In many cosmogenic myths, creation emerges from a state of chaos transformed into order by Godly powers that intervene to form life. Creation, as described by many ideas, results in the fusion of life’s main elements: wind, earth, and water, the vital ingredients needed to sustain life. The Bible describes the conditions prior to 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...”
Creation Rock Art deciphering
The creation scene presented in Fig.1 contains all the elements that play a central role in this epic myth: The Godly Wind, Earth, and Water. The symbols descriptions as seen in this presentation, 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 Rock Art) represents the earth/fertility god that holds the primeval water in his hollow belly shaped like a water container. 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’s hand, and a circle/egg grows out from her body. The scene dynamic radiates a sparkling performance as if all the figures participate in a festive important event.
The creation act engraved in this unique rock art staged brilliantly progresses from left to right as follows: The wheel of time generates the godly wind and the chaos energy that fuses with a stream of water sprouting from the ibex belly. The water forcibly splashing all over, see the engraved dots above the ibex, reaching the ibex horns and the man hand mingling together. That’s the fusion of wind and lower water creating a man that in turn creates a woman, from the man ribs, giving birth to the cosmic egg that creates the world and man.
The creation myth presented here combines a diffusion of two different myths into one with the participation of all creative forces. This includes the Biblical myth blended with the Canaanite Cosmic Egg creation myth. The left side scene reminds the Biblical man/woman creation story from the man rib and the right side represents the idea of Canaanite Cosmic Egg Creation. The scene harmonious layout and the precise engraving resonate the spectator’s mind with awe about the beauty of creation.
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