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The egg, focus of the mysterious processes of incubation and hatching, from the shell of which fresh new life bursts forth, was an important symbol in many ancient creation myths. The primordial Chaos out of which the cosmos arose was frequently depicted as a cosmic egg (e.g. in Egypt, India, China, Greece, Indonesia, Polynesia, Africa) in which primeval matter lay dormant in an undifferentiated and undetermined state, but in which the seed of all things was also present in a latent state of suspension. When the…

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Klaes, Norbert, “Egg”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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