A3Writer: M3 Creation Myths: The Big Bang Theory (AKA Chinese)
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Monday, March 30, 2015

M3 Creation Myths: The Big Bang Theory (AKA Chinese)

            First, before all the science people start screaming for me to be burned as a witch, I need to clarify a little piece of terminology. Contrary to the popular show Mythbusters (which I dearly love), a myth is not something to be proven true or false.
            A myth is a story. Period. Evaluations as to veracity don’t matter in mythology studies.
            So, moving on. The Big Bang Theory is a creation myth. It’s a pretty darned good one, too. Cosmic mass goes boom, accelerating out to create space and time, filling the universe with . . . stuff.
            Too bad it’s plagiarized.
            Oh, not intentionally. I’m sure of that. Scientists would likely never have read the particular creation myth it was taken from. Nevertheless, it’s still plagiarized.
            The ancient Chinese conceived as the universe beginning as a giant, cosmic egg, from which, when it cracked open, the universe poured and spread out, filling the emptiness. Certainly it doesn’t have the panache and jargon that the scientific myth has, but all of the essential elements are there.
            The choice of an egg is especially representative of Chinese thought. The egg reflects the idea of balance so perfectly. Contained within are all of the equal and opposite essences which drive the universe, so perfectly symbolized by yin and yang. The yin and yang are opposites in every sense: light/dark, push/pull, good/evil, masculine/feminine, yolk/white, etc.
            Yet these opposites are not stagnant. The opposites oscillate and cycle, though one may gain dominance for a time, the other will recover to gain its own dominance for a time. Never will one side completely void out the other. And, if science is correct, after the massive expansion of the universe has completed, there will be a contraction to balance things out, whereupon the egg will reform to begin the universe anew.
            Who’s hungry?