5 Apr 2012


First things first, remember my mentioning The Pelasgian Creation Myth in THIS POST

Well, today I thought I'd post this verse by Dr James Luchte which was adapted from Robert Graves's The Greek Myths, a collection of works re-telling the creation myths of the ancient Greeks including the stories of the creation of the Universe, the Titans, and the first man, Pelasgus.

In the beginning, Eurynome,
The Goddess of All Things,
Rose from Chaos. 

She found nothing upon
Which to rest her feet, and thus,
She divided the sea from the sky.

She danced lonely upon
the waves of the sea.

She danced towards the South, and
The Wind in motion behind her
Seemed something new and strange
With which to begin a work of creation.

Wheeling about, she caught hold of
This North wind, rubbed it between
Her hands, and behold!
The great serpent Ophion.

Eurynome danced to warm himself, wildly
And more wildly, until Ophion, enchanted,
Coiled about her divine limbs
Becoming one with her.

As she lay with Ophion,
Eurynome was got with child.

Eurynome  assumed the form of a dove,
Brooding the waves and with time,
she laid the Universal Egg.

At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times
About this egg, until it hatched and split into two.

Out tumbled all things that exist, her children:
Sun, moon, planets, Earth with her mountains
Rivers, trees, herbs, and all living creatures.

Eurynome and Ophion made their home upon
Mount Olympus where he vexed her by
Claiming to be the author of the Universe.

Forthwith, she bruised her head with her heel,
Kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the
Dark caves below the Earth.

Eurynome opened her gaze and her arms to her
Children, giving each its name which she read
Off its own singular power and being.

She named the sun, moon, planets, stars and
The Earth with her mountains, and rivers, trees,
Herbs and living creatures.

She took joy in her creation, but soon found
Herself alone desireing the face, voice,
Ear and warmth of another of her own.

Eurynome stood up and once again
Began to dance alone upon the waves.


anilkurup said...

What would be the creation next? Fascinating the stories of creation be it from the book or the pagan literature.

chitra said...

very interesting and informative.Hindu mythology has also some stories about the evolution sun, moon, earth ...

ashok said...

very heavy...iam sure it must have been quite a challenge writing this...great work!

Suko said...

Lovely presentation, Petty!

Kelly said...

This is fascinating, Tracy. The "Universal Egg".... interesting thought.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I always enjoy creation stories like this. I love the way it is presented too.

naida said...

Thanks Petty, I enjoyed reading this.