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World Parent Creation

A Dictionary of Creation Myths

David Adams Leeming,

Margaret Adams Leeming

World Parent Creation 

The Earth Mother‐Sky Father motif is the basis for world‐parent creations. In this type of myth, which can be seen in the Fon, Polynesian, Zuni, Egyptian, Minyong, Yoruba, Yuma, and Greek creations, among others, the universe evolves from a union of the opposite qualities of sky and earth, the heights of thought and the depths of matter. Usually creative space between the world parents is made—sometimes violently—by their own children (see also Creation from Division of Primordial Unity; Enuma Elish; Separation of Heaven and Earth).

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