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A Creation Myth: The Story of Yhi, The Goddess in Aboriginal Mythology

A Creation Myth: The Story of Yhi, The Goddess in Aboriginal Mythology

Many creation myths and stories have been told over time.  The most common/ well known in the Western World, is the story of Adam & Eve.  This story tends to bother me because it blames Eve for everything.  And through time, some who have believed in this story, have literally blamed women for so much and have also propagated the belief that life is pain, because this story made it so.

I would like to offer another story – one that holds no pain, and no blame of women. Once best told by Fiona Horne:

“Yhi is my favorite goddess from Australian Aboriginal mythology. She is the goddess of light and creation, a sun deity who lived in the dream time.  When she opened her eyes, light fell on Earth. She then walked the earth, and green things grew where her steps fell.  Soon the whole world was covered with plants, fruits, trees and flowers.  She next decided that, in addition to plants, she wanted to make something that could dance and move.  Insects of all kinds were created. The she explored ice caves in a mountain. She shone her light inside and fish and lizards came out, along with countless kinds of birds, mammals, and amphibians.  But ultimately Yhi returned to her own world, and when she left, darkness came back and covered Earth.  But the next day Yhi opened her eyes again from her home in the sky, and her light returned for all to enjoy.

Many millennia later, Yhi saw something strange. It was a man, alone, and she realized he was not anything she had created, and she was intrigued.  While the man slept that night, Yhi focused all here power on a flower so that it became more magnificent than anything any god had ever created. When Man awoke, he, joined by all the other animals of Yhi’s creation, gazed in awe at the beautiful flower.  The flower then blossomed and turned into Woman.  She looked at Man and found him interesting.  Man ran around doing many things to try to impress her and wanted nothing more than to make Woman happy.  She was amused and thrilled – in fact, all creation was laughing and enjoying their coupling, declaring man and woman good for each other.

So a female deity created our world and Woman from her own light and the beauty of a flower. She created everything except Man (who knows where he cam from?!). But Man’s job was to impress and amuse Woman.

Sounds like an ideal world.  So what the heck happened? It turns out man forgot his role in the whole scheme of things.  Well, it is up to us to remind him, to take back the power.

Bewitchers-to-be, what are we waiting for? Let’s go bewitch a man (or two or three).”

~From the Introduction to Bewitch a Man: Simple Ways to Add a Little Magic to Your Love Life by Fiona Horne

What other creation stories are your favorite? And why?

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  1. AFMay 16, 2011
    Interesting post. That sounds as plausible as any other creation myth and probably more logical than most. Added to that, it’s actually full of joy and there is a freedom about it. I like it a lot! The only place I’d disagree is that, in many instances, I don’t think it’s so much that man forgot and women need to take back their power. I think it’s more a case of WOMEN who have forgotten that they have had the power all along and some of them just need to remember how to use it instead of being so darned pig-headed and confrontational – so MALE in fact. 😉
    • Michelle@MyDevinaMay 16, 2011
      You may be on to something here. I have been watching a pre-teenage friend’s son with his girlfriend. He is very attentive and in to doing what makes her happy. I keep wondering – what happens between now and then that makes the change?

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