Hindu Mythology Essay

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Hindu Mythology

Cosmic myths are concerned with the world and how it is ordered. They seek to explain the origin of the world, universal catastrophes and natural disasters such as fire or floods, as well as the afterlife. Nearly all mythologies have stories about creation. This type of story is technically known as cosmogony, meaning “birth of the world.” (T Lansford, 2006) These Creation stories also include myths of how human beings first came into existence and how death and suffering entered human experience. In my assignment, I have chosen to describe the creation myth of Hinduism as I am a Hindu myself. I shall begin by creating a clear understanding of Hinduism thereafter proceeding on to discuss the various creation myths of
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(W. Doniger, 2007). To most Hindus, including myself, it is the essence of our belief. Almost every significant Hindu philosopher has written a commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, and new translations and interpretations continue to appear. According to Alex Michaels (2004: 59), it was probably completed in the second century A.D.
The Bhagavad-Gita incorporates many doctrines, such as the immortality of the individual soul (Known as “atman” in Hindi) and its identity with the supreme godhead (Brahman), the process of reincarnation, and the need to renounce the fruits of one's actions. (W. Doniger, 2007)

Now that I have given you a brief overview of Hinduism and its’ religious texts, I shall go on to discuss the creation myths of this culture. The process of creation did not proceed as smoothly as might have been expected; from its beginning the rivals of the gods kept a keen eye on the proceedings. (A.L Dallapiccola, 2003: 26)
Hinduism has more than one myth of creation. One version restricts itself to saying that some sort of substance, commonly known to Hindus as “prakrit”, is at the origin of all that exists in the universe. (P.F Lurquin & L. Stone, 2007: 25) Another version has beliefs that are similar to that of Christianity and Greek mythology, where the world arises out of chaos and nothingness. This version is much more descriptive than the first. It explains how

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