also from Livescience.com
The story briefly (very briefly) discusses 10 creation myths from Europe, Middle East, Egypt, India, China, and Aztec origins.
These myths come from widely diverse cultures around the world. It's hard to see how there can be any connection between, say, the Chinese myth, and the Aztec; or the Norse and the Egyptian. They speak to common desires in the human mind, for explanation and connection to something greater.
My personal favorite comes from Zoroastrianism - in part,... the world created by the deity Ahura Mazda. The great mountain, Alburz, grew for 800 years until it touched the sky. From that point, rain fell, forming the Vourukasha sea and two great rivers. The first animal, the white bull, lived on the bank of the river Veh Rod. However, the evil spirit, Angra Mainyu, killed it. Its seed (I assume that means semen) was carried to the moon and purified, creating many animals and plants. Across the river lived the first man, Gayomard, bright as the sun. Angra Mainyu also killed him (that was mean!)....The sun purified his seed (more semen... I think this is an obsession here) for forty years, which then sprouted a rhubarb plant (This is my favorite part. I have a rhubarb plant in my yard - I LOVE rhubarb. Yum! Wait - rhubarb comes from 40 year old bull semen? Ick!)). This plant grew into Mashya and Mashyanag, the first mortals. (I had no idea rhubarb could do that!) Instead of killing them, Angra Mainyu deceived them into worshipping him. After 50 years they bore twins, but they ate the twins (yum!), owing to their sin (what sin?). After a very long time, two more twins were born, and from them came all humans (but specifically Persians).
I need to look into this story further, it's too good to be true.
The Aztec story is also really cool -
Coatlicue was impregnated by an obsidian knife and gave birth to Coyolxauhqui, goddess of the moon, and to 400 sons (that's better than Octomom!), who became the stars of the southern sky. Later, a ball of feathers fell from the sky which, upon Coatlicue finding it and placing it in her waistband, caused her to become pregnant again (a ball of feathers? I think someone is trying to cover up a romp in the hay). Coyolxauhqui and her brothers turned against their mother, whose unusual pregnancy shocked and outraged them, the origin being unknown (Yes - they beleived the obsidium knife, but not the feathers - just too suspious. Good thin her name wasn't "Mary"). However, the child inside Coatlique, Huitzilopochtli, the god of war and the sun god, sprang from his mother's womb, fully-grown and armored. He attacked Coyolxauhqui, killing her with the aid of a fire serpent ("Hi sis! Nice to meet you. Look at my little friend here - isn't he cute?)
All of the stories are very interesting. They would make great tabloid reading. Much better than Brangelina and Jennifer, although those stories are our modern "gods and goddesses". Also fun for family gatherings and office chat. Plus, they tell us that everywhere, people seek meaning in existence.