Desire To Think
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Desire To Think

The separation of Earth and Sky

Shu separates Nut (sky) from Geb (earth) — Wikimedia Commons (Cairo Museum)

Firstly, he crafted for children of men
Heaven as roof, holy creator.
[from Cædmon’s Hymn; my own translation]

In Indo-European traditions, Earth Mother and Sky Father are generally worshipped as the two of the primary deities. However, many of these same mythologies, as well as others across the world, tell of a primordial separation between earth and sky, potentially effected by some third god or hero…

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Peter Sahota

Peter Sahota

Writing on ancient literatures and world mythology. Future articles will be on Rig Veda, Sanskrit, Old English, Indo-European literature, Egypt, China etc.