9.6 – DECODING THE COSMIC EGG (6.17.16)

UNIVERSAL SACRED IMAGE [7b]

An ancient painting on a cave wall in Africa. Ceremonial clay objects discovered in Sweden. A mysterious sculpture found in China. Throughout the ancient world, there is a symbol that is more pervasive than any other: the symbol of the egg.

“The egg is one of the most universal sacred images. It is more widespread than the cross, or the star, or the wheel. It appeals to people in all corners of the Earth, and all times, and traditions.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“We found stone eggs all over the world. For example, stone eggs were found in Egypt. And even on Easter Island, a stone egg was found. So, the symbol of egg is a worldwide symbol.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

“What’s amazing is that the egg, what we call the egg cosmogony, is a feature of several cosmogonies. We have it in the Nordic tradition. We have it in the Mediterranean tradition, not only Greco-Roman, but Egyptian and also the Phoenician mythologies. We also have it in some Middle Eastern and even Vedic mythologies. So, these are radically different cultures. Is it possible that there’s a common origin for South American, Native American, Norse, and Vedic mythology? We have no evidence. So, it would be hard to say where they come from, and why they all use this image.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

Why is it that so many ancient cultures, separated by thousands of miles, all use the symbol of the egg?

“For one thing, obviously, it is associated with birth. Well, birth is a great mystery, so it’s the worship of life. It is also taken as a symbol of rebirth. We use it at the Easter time, I the spring.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The cultures that birthed these stories recognized something in the story of birth, of creation, of fertility, of reproduction, that was meaningful for their stories.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

While the most obvious interpretation of the egg is that it symbolizes fertility and the natural creation of life, some researchers question why there are so many depictions of eggs found throughout the ancient world that show humans emerging from them.

“We have these many stories from around the world of how life starts in the form of an egg, including human life, too, starting with a sperm and an egg. But how would ancient people realize that humans also have these eggs?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Could ancient people have somehow had the knowledge that humans emerge from eggs? Or might this symbol have held a less literal, and more profound meaning for them, one that reveals an extraterrestrial connection? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that the stories connected to the egg provide undeniable evidence that this was not simply a representation of fertility. Nearly as widespread as the symbol of the egg is a concept commonly known as “The Cosmic Egg.”  While the name varies from culture to culture, the story is always nearly identical: that the entire Universe originated from an Egg.

“They’re called cosmic eggs, they’re called silver eggs, they’re called magic eggs, they’re called enchanted eggs, they’re called the eggs of the gods. I mean, all around the world, there are these creation stories of the egg breaking open and the water of life coming out.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“In Chinese mythology, there is this notion that the Universe emerges out of a primordial chaos. And this primordial chaos, in many accounts, is self-contained. It’s like a cosmic egg. And from this primordial chaos, which contains everything, the Universe is generated. And first, it divides into two principles: Yin and Yang, and then three, and then 10,000, basically, ad infinitum.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

“Hindus have taught about the expansion of the Universe in the shape of an egg. ‘Brahmanda’ is a Sanskrit term composed of two words: ‘Brahma’ and ‘Anda.’ And ‘Brahma’ means ‘creator god,’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘egg.’ So it is actually ‘cosmic egg.’”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“Many different ancient cultures describe a creation myth in which the Universe actually hatches out of an egg. It is incredible to look at the sheer diversity of different teachings that all point back to the idea that the Universe originated from some sort of primordial centrality.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

The story found in numerous cultures of the cosmic egg representing a central point from which the Universe exploded has led some to ask if this might actually be a description of what scientists today call “The Big Bang.”

“In 1931, Belgian astronomer George Lemaitre proposed that the entire Universe originated in one single point. He called it the ‘primeval atom.’ This primeval atom, he also referred to it as a cosmic egg, that was at the beginning of all of creation. The question is: how did our ancestors know about this? Was it just a hunch or was it that they were told? If somebody told them, that means we’re not alone in the Universe. End of story.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“You have to wonder now if we’re coming to much the same conclusion as was already reached thousands of years ago in the Sanskrit texts. Where are they getting this information?  Is it coming from extraterrestrials?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Might the symbol of the Cosmic Egg and the creation stories that go along with it reveal that our ancestors had scientific knowledge of how the Earth and, in fact, our entire Universe, was created? And if so, is it possible that this was taught to them by extraterrestrial visitors? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that, while this is one possibility, there may be a more tangible explanation for the concept of the Cosmic Egg – one that is connected directly to the arrival of extraterrestrial visitors.

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