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Emergence of the World

1. Cosmogonies (Gk., kosmogonía, ‘world-origin’) are explanatory models, developed by persons of nearly all times and cultures, describing the origin of the world around them, and of the conditions of life that they find there. Inasmuch, then, as cosmogonies not only refer to the genesis of specific, individual circumstances of life, but reflect a world-enco…

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Ahn, Gregor, “Cosmology/Cosmogony”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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