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Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies from Around the World

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What is the universe? How did it get that way? Here are thought-provoking answers from throughout history and around the world.

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." -King James Bible

"In the beginning, before men, before the Gods, all was chaos." -Greek myth

Folklorist Steve Zeitlin gives answers to the questions everyone asks about the nature of the univ
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 15th 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published September 26th 2000)
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Zeitlin fulfills his mission to compare the creation myths from many times and peoples, but he doesn't do it in an exciting or engaging manner. While each story builds on the next, the retellings themselves are a bit bland, and could have used a more drama. In spite of an impressive list of acknowledgements and sources (including Joseph Bruhac and E.C. Krupp, Edith Hamilton and Carl Sagan, and a nod to Joseph Campbell), Zeitlin is no storyteller.
The wide range of stories is impressive. Here the
Pia Sellery
The Four Corners of the Sky: Creation Stories and Cosmologies From Around the World by Steve Zeitlin is a wonderful book that enables the reader the learn more about different religions and cultures from around the world. The book introduces 16 different cosmologies from ancient cultures, including Maori, Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Desana, Inca, Jain, Indian, Iroquois, Haitian, Fon, Chinese, and Chumash cosmoses. It also describes a variety of scientific views of creation and the world. By adding ...more
The book The Four Corners of the Sky, written by Steve Zeitlin focuses on creation stories and cosmologies from different religions and places all around the world. Being a student in HKIS, allows me to be able to learn about creation stories and cosmologies from the big 5 religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. However, other than these religions, I really had no idea what other religions thought about on the creation of the world and how the universe came to be. Althou ...more
Larry Bassett
I wanted my almost nine year old daughter to hear creation stories other than Adam & Eve! It took a while to get her interested in this book, but once we got into it, she was intrigued. I think she did get the idea that if it's the story of someone else, it's called a myth but if it is your story, it's called The Gospel. She loved the Chinese story of the yin and yang egg since she was born in China. At the end of the book there are several pages about current scientific ideas about the begi ...more
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