The World Myth

War in Heaven and the Creation

What is the significance of creation via dismemberment or waste?

The significance of the creative dismemberment of the world parent is that it points to the spiritual nature of all aspects of creation. Myths such as the one in which Raven creates the world from his own excrement are also meant to reveal an animistic world. Other ways of expressing animism are the spirit figures such as the Hopi kachina, the Navajo yeii, the Japanese kami, and the African orishas.


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