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Cosmogony Nathan Wells Mrs. Davis CP Eng. 12 Oct. 8, 2000 Wells 4 Works Cited Brandon, S.G.F. Dictionary of Comparative Religion. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970.

"Cosmogony." World Book Encyclopedia. 1990 ed.

Wells 1 Nathan Wells Mrs. Davis CP Eng. 12 Oct. 8, 2000 Cosmogony Different religions view the idea of how the world was created, or cosmogony, in different ways. China holds many cosmogonies, but they all revolve around the same ideas. Egypt's cosmogony was motivated by the desire that their God created all other gods. The views of people define the cosmogony in Greece, mostly of Homer. Cosmogony in the Hebrew religion is defined in the first two chapters of Genesis(Brandon 208). Japanese cosmogonic mythology has its beginnings of myths that one can trace way back. Some views of the different religions remain the same, but most views differ from each other. Chinese philosophical interest was centered on human affairs.

Egypt was motivated to show that divine fiat conceives cosmic creation (Brandon 208). The Greek philosophy concerned itself with considering origin and constitution of the universe. Some cosmological ideas in the Hebrew religion represent the creation of the universe by divine fiat (Brandon 208). Divine fiat is defined when God said 'Let there be light'; and there was light (qtd. in "Cosmogony"). Pentateuch and Yahwist deal with the creation and the fall of Adam. Shinto produced another cosmogony that presents a division in the universe. The upper world consisted of gods and everlasting bliss. The middle world included man on the surface of the earth. The lower world of Wells 2 darkness, known as Yomi, which possesses evil spirits that live under rule of earth-mother (Brandon 210).

According to the Huai-Nantzu, in China, the universe of space and time arose before Heaven and Earth took...