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What is the hindu creation story?

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What is the hindu creation story?

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Before this time began, there was no heaven, no earth and no space between. A vast dark ocean washed upon the shores of nothingness and licked the edges of the night. A giant cobra floated on the waters. Asleep within its endless coils lay the Lord Vishnu. He was watched over by the mighty serpent. Everything was so peaceful and silent that Vishnu slept undisturbed by dreams motion. From the depths a humming sound began to tremble, Ohm. It grew and spread, filling the emptiness and throbbing with energy. The night had ended, Vishnu awoke. As the dawn began to break, from Vishnu’s navel grew a magnificent lotus flower. In the middle of the blossom sat Vishnu’s servant, Brahma. He awaited the Lord’s command. Vishnu spoke to his servant: ‘It is time to begin.’ Brahma bowed. Vishnu commanded: ‘Create the World.’ A wind swept up the waters. Vishnu and the serpent vanished. Brahma remained in the lotus flower, floating and tossing on the sea.

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Too complicated for words. But as that response is less than helpful, let me just add that Hinduism developed from a synthesis of early religions of the Harappa civilization and sacrifical cults brought into India around 1500 before Christ (by Aryan invaders). The Harappa culture shows evidence of worship of the Mother Goddess and the Bull. In the Vedic period Agni was deemed to be the god of fire and sacrifice, the life-force. Other gods representing the heavenly bodies and the elements later gave way to a second set of divinities; Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the inner cause of all life, Shiva the lord of creation, Sarasvati and Lakshmi. So you might need to be prepared to delve back further and further to get the whole (complicated) story.

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You have to be way more specific with this question. There are hundreds, if not more, branches of Hinduism, and many are radically different from each other. Many have very different creation stories.

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