Ancient Greek Creation Myth

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    Sep 13, 2012 8:02 AM GMT
    In the beginning there was an empty darkness. The only thing in this void was Nyx, a bird with black wings. With the wind she laid a golden egg and for ages she sat upon this egg. Finally life began to stir in the egg and out of it rose Eros, the god of love. One half of the shell rose into the air and became the sky and the other became the Earth. Eros named the sky Uranus and the Earth he named Gaia. Then Eros made them fall in love.

    Uranus and Gaia had many children together and eventually they had grandchildren. Some of their children become afraid of the power of their children. Kronus, in an effort to protect himself, swallowed his children when they were still infants. However, his wife Rhea hid their youngest child. She gave him a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he swallowed, thinking it was his son.

    Once the child, Zeus, had reached manhood his mother instructed him on how to trick his father to give up his brothers and sisters. Once this was accomplished the children fought a mighty war against their father. After much fighting the younger generation won. With Zeus as their leader, they began to furnish Gaia with life and Uranus with stars.

    Soon the Earth lacked only two things: man and animals. Zeus summoned his sons Prometheus (fore-thought) and Epimetheus (after-thought). He told them to go to Earth and create men and animals and give them each a gift.

    Prometheus set to work forming men in the image of the gods and Epimetheus worked on the animals. As Epimetheus worked he gave each animal he created one of the gifts. After Epimetheus had completed his work Prometheus finally finished making men. However when he went to see what gift to give man Epimetheus shamefacedly informed him that he had foolishly used all the gifts.

    Distressed, Prometheus decided he had to give man fire, even though gods were the only ones meant to have access to it. As the sun god rode out into the world the next morning Prometheus took some of the fire and brought it back to man. He taught his creation how to take care of it and then left them.

    When Zeus discovered Prometheus' deed he became furious. He ordered his son to be chained to a mountain and for a vulture to peck out his liver every day till eternity. Then he began to devise a punishment for mankind. Another of his sons created a woman of great beauty, Pandora. Each of the gods gave her a gift. Zeus' present was curiosity and a box which he ordered her never to open. Then he presented her to Epimetheus as a wife.

    Pandora's life with Epimetheus was happy except for her intense longing to open the box. She was convinced that because the gods and goddesses had showered so many glorious gifts upon her that this one would also be wonderful. One day when Epimetheus was gone she opened the box.

    Out of the box flew all of the horrors which plague the world today - pain, sickness, envy, greed. Upon hearing Pandora's screams Epimetheus rushed home and fastened the lid shut, but all of the evils had already escaped.

    Later that night they heard a voice coming from the box saying,

    "Let me out. I am hope."

    Pandora and Epimetheus released her and she flew out into the world to give hope to humankind.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:19 PM GMT
    actually, that's not what happened at all. for instance, hope was never let out of the box.
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    Sep 13, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    calibro saidactually, that's not what happened at all. for instance, hope was never let out of the box.
    awk shucks, i really enjoyed the story
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    Sep 13, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
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    Reveling in ignorance, are you?
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    calibro saidactually, that's not what happened at all. for instance, hope was never let out of the box.
    awk shucks, i really enjoyed the story


    sorry, it's just horribly flawed. for instance, eros, though a primordial god according to some sources (he is more often thought of as the son of aphrodite), still came after gaia, and she was the one who really created the earth. further, chaos was the god who predated them all.
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    calibro said
    Nivek said
    calibro saidactually, that's not what happened at all. for instance, hope was never let out of the box.
    awk shucks, i really enjoyed the story


    sorry, it's just horribly flawed. for instance, eros, though a primordial god according to some sources (he is more often though of as the son of aphrodite), still came after gaia, and she was the one who really created the earth. further, chaos was the god who predated them all.
    Thanks Calibro. If you know of an accurate re-telling of the Greek creation myth that is a concise and nicely written as the OP's, could you post where to find it?
  • Vaughn

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    Sep 13, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    There are actually a few variants... as with most Grecco-Roman myths.
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    calibro said
    Nivek said
    calibro saidactually, that's not what happened at all. for instance, hope was never let out of the box.
    awk shucks, i really enjoyed the story


    sorry, it's just horribly flawed. for instance, eros, though a primordial god according to some sources (he is more often though of as the son of aphrodite), still came after gaia, and she was the one who really created the earth. further, chaos was the god who predated them all.
    Thanks Calibro. If you know of an accurate re-telling of the Greek creation myth that is a concise and nicely written as the OP's, could you post where to find it?


    The oldest creation myth in Greek, on which the OP's version is based, is Hesiod's Theogony.

    It is a short read, since it's 1022 lines long, and very enjoyable.
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    Most myth historians list Prometheus (forethinker) and Epimetheus (afterthinker) as Titans, not sons of Zeus. Prometheus was punished by Zeus for bringing humans fire by having an eagle (not vulture) feed on his liver daily. The eagle was a symbol of Zeus, thus its significance.
  • Gaymer

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    Sep 13, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    The origin myth varies per historian, but a basic gist is as follows:

    Gaia was the mother & spirit of earth as she arose from nothingness of Chaos. She clothed herself with the mountains, rivers, and the sky. The mountains and rivers aren't really ever mentioned in myth after that tho =(

    Gaia and the sky Ouranous had many children, including the titans and several races of monsters. Ouranos locked the children in the core of the earth (Gaia's womb - epic painful to have a fully grown thing put back in there). This started a cycle of fathers fearing their children and locking them away.

    The titans were tasked by Gaia to free her other children; only Kronos accepted the task. However, he only castrated his father, usurping his throne and taking power for himself. He continued the cycle mentioned above by swallowing any of his children. Gaia helped Rhea (the mother of Kronos' children) hide one of Gaia's grandchildren so that the child could free both the titan's children and Gaia's original children. Once again, the child, Zeus, usurped the father, but this time freed the rest of the titan's children, while imprisoning the monsters.

    After, there was a battle between the titans and gods (brothers, sisters, & cousins of Zeus) over who would rule Mt. Olympus and remain the "rulers" of the world. One of the gods promised to allow certain titans to stay free if they fought for the gods. However, this was a blatant lie. The titans were imprisoned (some within Gaia, yet again causing her further pain) and many were sentenced to some sort of eternal torture.

    Then Zeus, fearing the cycle would continue (that his children would slay him/usurp him), birthed his own child - he would break the cycle by being both mother/father and *somehow* that broke the cycle birthing Athena. Then blah dee blah other more well known greek myths.
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
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    Reveling in ignorance, are you?


    Why are old men targeting me?
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
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    Why are old men targeting me?


    You can't be bothered to appreciate or read about our history but you can be bothered enough to find and post an annoying meme.

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    Sep 13, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
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    shortstuffs said
    Why are old men targeting me?


    You can't be bothered to appreciate or read about our history but you can be bothered enough to find and post an annoying meme.



    Tilts head/

    Your history not mine.
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    So your not human?

    That explains a good deal.
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidSo your not human?

    That explains a good deal.


    sashay away~
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Stop trolling and keep talking about the origin myth. It's rarely ever discussed because people want to skip right to Zeus fucking everything in existence and trying to keep Hera from slaughtering him (or the pregnant women/goats).
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    Sep 13, 2012 8:14 PM GMT
    Dav488 saidStop trolling and keep talking about the origin myth. It's rarely ever discussed because people want to skip right to Zeus fucking everything in existence and trying to keep Hera from slaughtering him (or the pregnant women/goats).


    Yes! More Copy and paste! Bring it on.