Where did we come from? Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity
Where did we come from?
That is a tough question that every human being asks oneself throughout their lifetime. Religious and spiritual groups around the world and throughout history try to answer this question for their followers. The following are 3 different religious groups’ beliefs on how human creation took place. It just may be the answer you are looking for.
In the beginning there was only space and various substances swirling around known as chaos inside what is called the universe egg. After eighteen thousand years the egg finally split. When it split the white, clean substance divided from the darker, unclean substance to form Heaven and the earth, also known as Yin and Yang. P’an ku was also inside this egg and the split of the egg was his birth. P’an ku found himself between this heaven and earth and thinking that these two substances might meld together again he remained in between them.
During this time P’an ku was said to transform nine times daily and grow 10 feet a day, which was what caused the distance between heaven and earth. Heaven would also continue to increase in height by 10 feet everyday and the earth would increase in thickness by 10 feet every day. This continued for another eighteen thousand years.
At the end of the second eighteen thousand year time span P’an ku, with the help of a tortoise, a dragon, a unicorn and a phoenix began to mold the earth. When P’an Ku died one of his eyes became the sun and the other eye became the moon. The rivers and oceans were filled with his blood and his sweat became the rain. The wind was created by his breath and the thunder by his voice. The body its self became the soil and the fleas that were once living on P’an Kus body became the human race.
Hinduism’s basic idea of creation is that there is no beginning just the universe and the gods recycling themselves. A constant death and rebirth. However this does not mean that they do not have their beliefs in the creation of human beings. But there is no one story that tells it all. There are many human creation stories within the Hinduism belief.
One of the stories believes Creation was caused by Purusha’s sacrifice. Purusha had a thousand heads, eyes and feet, and is said to be all that exists including, all that has been and whatever is to be. When Purusha was sacrificed the goo or sometimes called the clarified butter that was left was transformed into the animals that roam the earth. The gods Indra, Agni, and Vayu along with the Sun and the Moon were created by this act as well. The story also says that the atmosphere was created from Purushas belly button, the heavens from his head, the earth from his feet and the sky from his ear. From Purushas mouth came the priest, from his arms the warrior, from his thigh the general populace and from his feet the servant. These four varnas were the human race already placed into their sectors.
Another story is that the lord Vishnu floated on the dark primeval waters asleep, guarded by a giant serpent. At some point in time a sound vibrated from the depths of the primeval waters known as ‘Om’. Darkness ended and the Lord Vishnu awoke. From Vishnu’s belly button grew a lotus flower and within it the god Brahma. Lord Vishnu told Brahma to create the world. After Vishnu vanished Brahma tore the lotus flower into three parts to create the heaves, the earth and the skies. Brahma then gave birth to the first man, Manu. It is said the Manu was both male and female and gave birth to two sons and three daughters. Thus the creation of human existence.
Another version of creation of man starts with a single soul. This soul noticed that it could not see anything but its self and yelled “Here I am!” and the concept of 1 immediately began to exist. The soul then became afraid. Then the soul thought to its self, why should I be afraid when I am the only one? At once its fear vanished.
This soul began to notice how lonely it was and how there was no pleasure. It decided it wanted companionship. Since this soul was as big as two people it split itself into two becoming husband and wife. The husband and wife took to the companionship and the pleasures that come with it and had intercourse. From this human beings were born.
The biblical story of Adam and Eve is a very well known one in our society, whether you are of a Christian background or not. The basic tale goes that God took six days to create the world and everything in it and around it and on the seventh day he rested. On the sixth day is when God created all the living creatures. God also said “Let us make man in our own image”, and God created the first man Adam. Adam was created out of the soil and God breathed life into Adams lungs. Adam was then given authority over all living things and he went on to name all the animals that God had created. Adam was alone however and had no companion, so God put into a deep sleep and took one of Adams ribs. With this rib God created Eve.
God had created the Garden of Eden for both Adam and Eve to live in. This garden had everything that they would need. God had told Adam and Eve that they could eat whatever they wanted as long as they do not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. However a serpent, which symbolizes evil, convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. After tasting the forbidden fruit Eve offered the fruit to Adam and he too ate the forbidden fruit.
When God saw this he was not happy and exiled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. By being exiled and from eating the forbidden fruit Adam and Eve and all descendants (the human race) after them would suffer human experiences such as pain, jealousy, modesty and such as punishment for going against Gods wishes.