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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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You can'T get here from there: The Logical Paradox of Hindu Creation Myths 1

You can'T get here from there: The Logical Paradox of Hindu Creation Myths 1

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(p.157) You can'T get here from there: The Logical Paradox of Hindu Creation Myths1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0013

In creation myths, the problem of the beginning of life out of non-life is addressed at three levels: creation of the universe, of the human race, or of the individual human being, the embryo. Hinduism, and the Rig Veda in particular, offers no one, single theory of creation. Instead, there is the paradox of mutual creation whereby Aditi and Daksha create one another. By the dharma of the gods, two births can be mutually productive of one another, yet the earth born from the crouching divinity is also said to be born from the quarters of the sky that are born from her. This chapter examines the logical paradox of creation myths in Hinduism. It considers the mythology of Hindu cosmogony and the creation of the human race, or anthropogony, as well as the distinction between gods and anti-gods.

Keywords:   creation myths, creation, universe, human race, human being, Hinduism, Rig Veda, cosmogony, gods, anti-gods

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