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cos·mog·o·ny

 (kŏz-mŏg′ə-nē)
n. pl. cos·mog·o·nies
1.
a. The astrophysical study of the origin and evolution of the universe.
b. A specific theory or model of the origin and evolution of the universe.
2. A philosophical, religious, or mythical explanation of the origin of the universe.

cos′mo·gon′ic (-mə-gŏn′ĭk), cos′mo·gon′i·cal adj.
cos′mo·gon′i·cal·ly adv.
cos·mog′o·nist n.
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Adj.1.cosmogonic - pertaining to the branch of astronomy dealing with the origin and history and structure and dynamics of the universe; "cosmologic science"; "cosmological redshift"; "cosmogonic theories of the origin of the universe"
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Although it no longer forms the basis of global social structures such as religion or society, either in terms of their formation or existence, when situated in the cosmogonic, cosmological, artistic, ritualistic or religious paradigms the myth has established for itself a comfortable and contemporary retreat within virtual space and consumer culture (Bottici 2007).
Lastly, each clan possessed cosmogonic narratives describing their origins.
All of these efforts by Teed failed, yet, as Millner shows, his following and resources only grew, until he located the "vitellus of the cosmogonic egg" at Estero, Florida.
IN A MUCH-QUOTED LETTER TO PUBLISHER MILTON WALDMAN, Tolkien admits that the driving purpose for much of his fiction lay in creating "a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story" that would be dedicated to England in lieu of the mythology that he believed she currently lacked (Letters 144).
There are some resonant terms in the translation which closely connect the poem in te reo to the Maori and Moanan cosmogonic cycle.
In a punning image, Anaximander says that, after the initial, cosmogonic separating off, flame ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) grew around the air surrounding the earth just as bark ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) around trees.
And Alazraki describes it thus: "The Book of Creation is a brief treatise on cosmologie and cosmogonic matters.
While the former is clearly a myth, the fragments, he argues, contain the sort of cosmogonic material that Berossos could have found in Babylonian literary texts such as Enuma Elis and should, therefore, be accepted as authentic.
The Mbatsav are still a constant presence in Tiv social and cultural life as they are believed to continue to function in the mundane and cosmogonic frontiers.
First of all, the Northern Eurasian complex of the B-motifs to a large degree overlaps with the spread of some A-motifs, in particular with the interpretation of some celestial objects seen in the night sky (Berezkin 2010) and with motifs typical for the cosmogonic earth-diver myth (Berezkin 2007).
Because of their cosmogonic origins, it would be inappropriate to discriminate or look down on various Buddhist teachers and traditions.