Solar Creation Myth
Before the very first dawn broke, before there were mountains and rivers and plants and animals, there was nothing but darkness. Suddenly, in an explosion of flame and glory, there was a light. The first and most almighty of gods, the Sun, burst forth from the darkness, willing himself into existence from nothingness. The darkness twisted and coiled away from his presence, and in its wake it left pieces of formless matter. Sun took all of these dark remnants and began to collect them in a ball. When he had gathered enough, he compacted them down into a firm orb and scorched it with his light, creating a ball of earth. He then once again sent his rays of light onto this ball of earth and they cut out channels in the stone and clay and rock, creating high mountains, deep canyons,wide plains, and his deepest cuts brought forth water, creating rivers and oceans and lakes. While he was carving out the face of the earth, he also carved smaller shapes, some with two legs, some with four, some with wings, and some with flippers. He called these carvings Creatures and he was especially proud of them.
Sun looked kindly upon his Creatures and decided that he would very much like to go down to earth and walk among them. Knowing that the heavens are not a place to leave unattended, Sun took a part of himself and forged his sister, Moon, so that she may watch over his realm in his place. He then came down to earth to see his creations.
Sun was proud of the forms that his creations took, but felt they were lacking energy. As they were now, they were simply shapes made of clay and stone, nothing more. He reached down and picked up the small Creature at his feet. He breathed onto the Creature’s chest and granted it Life.
“I shall name you Lizard, for you are the smallest and meekest of all of my creations,” said Sun.
“My gracious and mighty lord, what is this gift you have given me?” asked the red-scaled Lizard.
“I have granted you Life. You may breath my air and walk my land, for I have given you the power to do so,” said Sun.
“My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that I shall spend every day basking in your warmth and light,” spoke the ruby Lizard. Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Life and giving them names. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Soon, Sun noticed that there was very little movement on the face of the earth. Worried, he once again let Moon guard the heavens while he went down to his creations. All of the Creatures to whom he had granted Life were standing in place, hardly moving. Confused, Sun went to his cleverest creation, Monkey, and asked why the Creatures of the earth did not move.
“But my lord,” said Monkey, “what purpose do we have to move? We remain where you, the almighty, placed us.”
With a single hand, Sun touched between Monkey’s legs and said, “Here, I grant you the gift of Desire. Travel the world and see my creations because you wish it to be so. Mingle with your fellow Creatures because you wish it to be so.”
The orange-furred Monkey said to Sun, “My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that I shall spend all of my life traveling and swinging through the trees so that I may best experience your majesty.” Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Desire. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Soon, Sun noticed that all of the Creatures of earth were more focused upon the world around them than they were on him. He was glad that they had Desire to give them energy, but he did not wish for them to forget where they came from. He once again let Moon guard the heavens while he went down to his creations.
He went to his wisest creation, Eagle, and said to him, “You have desire, but you have no guidance. I shall give you the gift of Faith, so you may know I am always with you.” Sun gently kissed Eagle’s breast, and Eagle was filled with love for his lord.
The golden-plumed eagle said to Sun, “My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that I shall spend all of my life striving to reach your home in the heavens so that I may be closer to you.”
Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Faith. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Sun soon began to worry that his creations had become separate from each other. Absorbed in their desires and their love for himself, Sun’s creations had lost sight of each other. He once again let Moon guard the heavens while he went down to his creations.
Sun went to an empty field and, shining his brilliance onto the earth and into the soil, created new Life within the earth itself. Soon, trees of fruit and beautiful flowers burst forth from the ground. His most curious creation, Rabbit, came to see what Sun was doing. Smiling, Sun touched Rabbit on the lips.
“I have granted you Dependence and gifted you with a field of greens to consume. So that you may never lose sight of how all of my creations are connected, you must now depend on each other for survival. Always remember your hunger is not a curse; it is a reminder that you need those around you.”
Green eyed Rabbit spoke to Sun. “My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that I shall eat all that I can for as long as I live, so that I may rejoice in my connection to these plants and so I may someday provide health for another.”
Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Dependence. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Now content that he had gifted his creations with all that they needed to survive, Sun decided to return to earth so that he may commune with his creations and see the sights of his world. After a time, Sun came to the Ocean, so he built himself a boat to cross it. He looked out across the sea and saw many fish frolicking in the waves, but one large individual seemed to be stationary atop the surface of the Ocean.
“Whale, why do you not swim and frolic like the rest of your brethren? Are you unhappy with my gifts?” asked Sun.
“Oh, most gracious lord,” said Whale, “I am not unhappy with your gifts at all! You have given me a form so that I may exist, you have given me Life so that I may swim, you have given me Faith so that I am never without you, and you have given me Dependence so I am not alone. But I find myself paralyzed with fear, almighty Sun! I am made to swim and must consume small Creatures below the surface of the Ocean to survive, yet I do not breath water! I worry that if I go too far, I might drown!”
Placing a hand on Whale’s head, Sun smiled and said, “I have given you what you need to survive, but I did not grant you the gifts you needed to truly live. I give you the gift of Understanding, both of yourself and of your surroundings, so you may always know your limits and judge your actions accordingly.”
Whale slapped a blue fin on the water in joy and said, “My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that I shall always return to the surface after traveling deep underwater so that I may rejoice in your brilliance and warmth.”
Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Understanding. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Sun soon returned to earth to continue exploring its surface. Not after long, he discovered a vast wood. Within, he discovered a pack of Wolves fighting with each other over a fresh kill. Alarmed, Sun came over to them and asked why they were bickering.
“Oh, most gracious lord,” said the alpha Wolf, “now that we understand ourselves and the world around us, we understand how rare food can get. How are we supposed to survive if we do not look out for ourselves?”
Sun placed a hand on Wolf’s shoulders and said, “Here, I shall grant you the gift of Duty. From here on, all Creatures great and small shall have a sense of Duty that they must fulfill. Yours, Wolf, is to your family, so that you may continue your line long after you are gone. Always work towards your Duty before you work for yourself.”
Wolf’s eyes flashed indigo as he said, “My lord, I am so proud to be the first of your creations to receive this gift that whenever I or my family see your light or the light of your sister, Moon, we shall call out to it so that you will always know that we have stayed a family.”
Sun smiled in pleasure and went about to every other one of his creations, granting them Duty. Pleased, he returned to his realm in the heavens and joyfully told Moon of all that he had done.
Proud that he had created such beautiful Creatures, Sun went out to craft a form of life that could rule over them all in his place. With a brilliant, violet light, a new form appeared, which Sun called Man.
“I have created you,” said Sun to his new creation, “so that you might rule over the rest of my creations in my stead while I am in the heavens. This is your gift of Lineage; it is a gift I shall only bestow upon you and your children, and it gives you the right to command all who you see.”
“My lord, I am so proud to be the sole carrier of this gift,” said Man, “and I shall always strive to be as wise and as just as you in my rulings.”
Sun smiled once more in pleasure and once again returned to his realm in the Heavens. He once again told Moon of what he had done, but for the first time, she did not seem pleased.
“But my brother,” cried Moon, “you created me so that I may rule in your place! I have done so for so long, did I do something to displease you in my rule?”
“Sister,” sternly said Sun, “your jealousy is clear and it is unbecoming. Your realm is of the sky, while Man’s is of the earth. Do not fool yourself with desire for the belongings of others, simply enjoy the realm I have given you.”
Moon remained silent, but jealousy grew and festered in her heart. Knowing that she had to do something so that she may rule the land as well as the sky, Moon reached down into the vast oceans and began drinking and drinking and drinking. As she drank, her body bloated and filled to bursting, and when she was a perfect sphere she knew she had drunk enough for her purposes. Rising into the sky, Moon poured out her gathered water onto the earth’s surface in an attempt to flood and drown the Men who she so hated.
Sun saw what his sister was doing, and in an attempt to save his creations, created a massive tree. After ordering all Creatures to stand atop this tree, Sun caused it to rise and rise and rise until there was no amount of water that could possibly reach the Creatures within its branches. When Moon had finished flooding the world with water, the face of the earth had been changed and all of the oceans were now in entirely different places, but Sun’s creations were safe and alive.
Enraged at his sister’s attempt to destroy what he created, he turned on her. “Sister, you have wronged me and all of my creations, and so I shall curse you to only be at full strength once every 30 days. All other days you shall grow weaker and weaker until you are gone entirely, and then you will have to regain your strength just as slowly. In addition, so you may never again betray me as you have this day, I shall place countless pieces of myself in the sky to watch over you. However, I understand your jealousy, so I shall give you reign over the waters that you consumed in addition to the sky. In this way, you may be appeased.”
Turning to Man, Sun said, “I shall place this arch in the sky after a rain to remind you that it was I who saved you, and to remind you of the seven gifts that I have given you.”
And so it was that Sun created the world, populated it, gave it a ruler, and saved it from destruction. So that he could keep close watch on his creations, and so that Moon might be allowed to have control of the heavens, Sun vowed to return to the earth’s surface often; he then named his time to rule the heavens Day and his time to rule the earth Night.