Building a World for a Novel – Part 25
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Part 25: Cosmology
We’ve talked about how our people actually started life on our new world. As day twenty-five begins, I want to discuss how our people thinkthey started. What your inhabitants say about how things began will certainly change as your race(s) mature.
Terrestrial history shows that Creation, or Cosmological Myths will occur very early in the history of a people. As time goes by, these stories split off or evolve, as people split off to form new communities, cities, and nations. The further one group gets (geographically) from another, the greater the differences in creation stories. It is not uncommon for a people to think of the creation of the Universe (assuming they see the stars as other suns and planets) as a macrocosm of the creation of themselves and their own world.
How will your people envision the start of all things—especially of themselves? Will they be a divine product? Will they have “always been there”? Will they be a happy accident on a cosmic scale? Will your people believe they have a mission? That they owe a creator for their existence? That life is precious, or might life be like an evil bacteria that must be eradicated?
Presented here are some possible creations story lines. You will notice a similarity with some of those of Earth:
- Our race came from the giant in the mountains who walks in storms and roars, shaking the ground
- In the beginning there was only water, and the spirit of our world needed a place to stand, and made the ground. He made people to tend the ground.
- Our people came from the lightning that strikes a tree and makes fire. We are cool fire and we consume the world.
- When our god opened his great eye after his long sleep, we came to be in his sight.
A search of the many creation stories of our own planet will reveal a plethora of ideas.
Understand this. No matter how many stories of creation your world has, there is of course only one true one. The true one is always the story believed in by the people you are speaking to at the moment. When asked how a person knows his particular myth is true, the answer will always be something like, “it is apparent”, or “because I believe it.”
Continued in Part 26