In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

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Overview

The origin of the universe, and all that is in it, has always been cause for wonder. For thousands of years, people have made up stories in an attempt to explain the beginning of humankind, the earth, and the cosmos.

Beautifully told by Virginia Hamilton and splendidly illustrated by Barry Moser, In The Beginning is a collection of twenty-five creation myth stories that will engage and fascinate readers while introducing them to cultures around the world. Researched extensively by both author and illustrator, each story includes one or more illustrations - all stunning complements to the text. And each story is followed by author comments that tell about its origin.

The stories in this book reflect the wonderful range of the human imagination. In an Eskimo myth, for example, the first man pushes his way out of a pea pod. In a story from the Kono people of Guinea, death starts the world. A dramatic myth from China tells that the universe was originally in the shape of a hen's egg - and from this burst the first being.

To read the diverse beliefs of people around the world, both ancient and contemporary, broadens our understanding of others and strengthens our own spirituality. Intriguing, often humorous, and always fascinating, In The Begining is a memorable book for readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152387419
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/1988
Pages: 161
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


VIRGINIA HAMILTON (1936–2002) was one of the most highly acclaimed writers of her time. Her many awards included the National Book Award, the John Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award (twice), the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (twice), the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Ohioana Book Award, and two of her novels were cited as Newbery Honor Books. She was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Queen College and the Ohio State University. Ms. Hamilton was married to poet/author Arnold Adoff and divided her time between New York City and Ohio.


BARRY MOSER is the prize-winning illustrator of many beautiful books for children and adults, including Harcourt’s Telling Time with Big Mama Cat and Sit, Truman!, both co-illustrated by his daughter Cara Moser and written by Dan Harper. He has won the American Book Award and earned accolades from the American Library Association and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts.

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1936

Date of Death:

February 19, 2002

Place of Birth:

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Place of Death:

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Education:

Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author ix
Stories and Pictures
In the Beginning ii
The Pea-Pod Man
3(6)
Raven the Creator
Raven and Man
2(4)
Woman
6(3)
Finding Night
9(6)
Quat the Creator
Quatgoro
8(7)
An Endless Sea of Mud
15(6)
Death the Creator
Sa
14(7)
Bursting From the Hen's Egg
21(4)
Phan Ku the Creator
The Cosmic Egg
20(2)
Phan Ku
22(3)
Traveling to form the World
25(4)
Old Man the Creator
Old Man
24(5)
First Man Becomes the Devil
29(6)
Ulgen the Creator
Erlik's Face in the Mud
28(4)
Warm Dog
32(3)
Turtle Dives to the Bottom of the Sea
35(8)
Earth Starter the Creator
The Rope of Feathers
34(5)
The First Deer
39(4)
Moon and Sun
43(4)
Mawu-Lisa the Creators
Nana Buluku
42(2)
Thunder and Lightning
44(3)
Bandicoots Come From His Body
47(6)
Karora the Creator
The Great Tangle of Night
46(7)
Spider Ananse Finds Something
53(6)
Wulbari the Creator
His Blue Heavenly Self
52(7)
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
59(6)
Divine Woman the Creator
Water and the Animals That Live in It
58(3)
Turtle and Earth
61(4)
Man Copies God
65(4)
Nyambi the Creator
Nyambi
64(5)
The Frost Giant
69(4)
Imir the Creator
Imir
68(5)
Owner of the Sky
73(6)
Olorun the Creator
Olorun and the Other Gods
72(3)
Chameleon
75(4)
Marduk, God of Gods
79(8)
Apsu and Tiamat the Creators
Apsu the Begetter
78(4)
Marduk
82(5)
Four Creations to Make Man
87(14)
Maker and Feathered Serpent the Creators
Feathered Serpent
86(5)
Animals of the First Creation
91(2)
Man of the Third Creation
93(2)
What is Life of the Wood Dummies
95(6)
The Angry Gods
101(4)
Ta-Aroa the Creator
The Egg
100(5)
Sun, Life, Wind, and Death
105(6)
God Lowa the Creator
Only the Ocean
104(3)
Octopus
107(4)
The Sun-God and the Dragon
111(6)
God Ra the Creator
God Ra
110(3)
Apophis
113(4)
Separation of Earth and Sky
117(6)
Sedi and Melo the Creators
Sedi and Melo
116(7)
First Man, First Woman
123(4)
Yahweh the Creator
First Man, First Woman
122(5)
The Coming of All Things
127(6)
The Greek Creators
Chaos
126(3)
Cyclops
129(4)
The God Brings Fire to Man
133(6)
Prometheus the Creator
Prometheus
132(7)
Pandora
139(10)
Zeus the Creator
Pandora
138(5)
The Gifts of Zeus
143(2)
Hope
145(4)
In the Beginning
149(6)
Elohim the Creator
Let There be Light
148(7)
More About These Myths 155(4)
Useful Sources 159

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