->''And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.''
-->-- [[Literature/TheBible Genesis 1:3]]

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A creation myth is a supernatural mytho-religious story or explanation that describes the beginnings of humanity, the Earth (see GenesisEffect), life, and the universe (cosmogony), usually as a deliberate act of "creation" by one or more deities. It may also include the creation of one or more deities (theogony), either before or after the cosmogony.

Many creation myths share broadly similar themes. Common motifs include the fractionation of the things of the world from a PrimordialChaos; the separation of the mother and father gods; land emerging from an infinite and timeless ocean; everything coming from a CosmicEgg, or creation ex nihilo (Latin: [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds out of nothing]]).

Since this is a very common trope in ancient mythologies, it is OlderThanDirt.

Creation myths are often used by modern writers to help give depth to their fictional world or mythologies. {{Mythopoeia}} almost inevitably includes a creation myth.

Compare CreationStory, where characters of the story are involved as creators or witnesses.

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* ''{{Strontium Dog}}s'' told the Gronks' creation myth while Gronk and Feral were looking for Johnny's corpse. In it, when God created the universe, He at first forgot to give the first gronk a heart. After taking care of the rest of creation, God saw that humanity was pretty much going to wreck the place, and so returned to Blas and gave the gronks four hearts, in order that they would embody love.
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* The prologue to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', "Ainulindalë", is the creation story of Middle-Earth.
* The Land from the ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''.
* Literature/{{Narnia}} in ''The Magician's Nephew''. It's one example of the characters not being told about creation of Narnia but rather witnessing the act of it.
* ''Literature/WatershipDown'' features a ''rabbit'' creation myth. The sun-god, Frith, originally created all animals as equals, but when the children of El-hrairah, the First Rabbit and a popular FolkHero, began eating everything, he differentiated them, including blessing El-hrairah's bottom with quick feet and a cotton tail to warn for danger.
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} in ''[[strike: Faust]] Eric''.
** The Discworld dwarf version of a CreationMyth is featured in ''Thud!''.
** The first ''Science of Discworld'' is, in part, a comedy version of our own universe's origin-story. The wizards compare the progression of events in Roundworld to several Disc creation myths, mostly while grousing that our world is doing it all wrong.
* Olaf Stapledon's ''Literature/StarMaker'' provides a rare sci-fi version.
* Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheGodsOfPegana'' starts with a creation myth.
* The [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves']] worldview in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', which the main character converts to. [[FlatEarthAtheist The elves disagree with it.]]
* The world is created in the first poem of Literature/TheKalevala. Later poems tell about the birth of iron and beer.
* ''Literature/EnumaElish'' is possibly ''the'' oldest CreationMyth known to science.
* In the StarTrekNovelVerse, an Andorian creation myth referencing the sundering of their race into four genders is essential to the in-depth exploration of their culture. According to the myth, their race was split into four sexes to demonstate their lack of self-knowledge; they were missing a vital aspect of self-awareness that prevented them being Whole. To unite the four genders is to take a step towards reclaiming spiritual perfection - though the "missing piece" is also needed if Andorians are to truly grow as a people. See in particular the StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch.
* The Garden of Eden story pops up here and there in ''Literature/DirgeForPresterJohn'', but each of the races of Pentexore have their own myths of how the world came to be. Later, John tries to rewrite Genesis to fit Pentexore in it, because he simply can't let it go.
* DaveBarry in "Clan of the Cave Rhinoceros" presented varying conceptions of this developed by his son's kindergarten class:
-->These concepts reveal a wide diversity of opinion about the Origins of Man, ranging from the traditional Judeo-Christian Biblical concept:\\
"This is Adam and Eve. They ate the bad fruit. They went back to God. They didn't have any clothes."\\
To the less-conventional Big Bird and Oak Tree concept:\\
"In the beginning of the world there was a big bird and an oak tree. The big bird had a coconut, and the moon was out."
* ''Literature/TheTygrineCat'': Te Bubas tells Mati that the [[{{Precursors}} Creators]] created a desert by crushing light into grains of sand and scattering it upon the dark and empty Earth. They then raised life from the desert's surface by sheer force of will.
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had the legend of Mata Nui, describing the backstory of the brand's early years. It was recounted in the comics, on promo [=CDs=], online content, the novels and in the first DirectToVideo movie. After the first major arc, the legend (at least apart from its beginning lines) was revealed to be a lie crafted by the village elders to hide their people's forgotten past, until it was time to reveal it to them. Way after that, the rest turned out to have been bogus as well, when they uncovered Mata Nui's true nature.
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* The ''Zelda'' series has one that's told in detail in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', assigning the three Goddesses of the Triforce their own important attribute, which they use to create the land and creatures as well as the mythical Triforce itself.
** Interestingly, this creation myth only partially agrees with the creation myth presented in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. However, WordOfGod states that ''Ocarina'' came first chronologically (at least until ''MinishCap'' and then ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' came along), suggesting that the ''Link to the Past'' story may be the same one but details became distorted over time.
* ''FireEmblem: Radiant Dawn'' has one of these involving a Goddess of Order and a Goddess of Chaos. However, the majority of the story was mixed up to the point where everyone believed the opposite of what was actually true.
* ''BrutalLegend'', in keeping with it's general theme, gives us the most metal creation myth ever. In the beginning, the world was dark, and populated by a race of incredibly ugly demons known only as the First Ones. Then one day Ormagöden, The Great Firebeast arose, and began careening across the sky. The First Ones hated Ormagöden, because his fire lit up the world and exposed their ugliness, so they tried to drown The Great Firebeast and quench his flames with mud. Rather than die that way, Ormagöden let out a massive roar and tore his body to shreds to keep it from the First Ones, granting the world the elements of Metal, Blood, Fire and Noise. His metal flesh sank into the earth, seeding it with veins of ore. His blood poured out and filled the seas. His burning heart was flung into the sky, and became the sun. Finally, whenever truly badass music is played or a huge engine revved, you are hearing the echo of the death-roar of Ormagöden, and reminded of how he sacrificed himself to create the world as we know it.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' introduces three powerful [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]]; two of them, Groudon and Kyogre, are said to be involved with the forming of the continents and the seas, respectively, with the third, Rayquaza, being there to calm them down if they get hostile to each other. ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', introduces a different creation myth: Arceus, the Original One, was born from chaos. It created an egg from which hatched three other Pokemon: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. These three formed the foundations of the universe (Time, Space, and Antimatter). It then created a second egg which hatched into Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit, who begat intelligent life into the new universe by introducing the concepts of Memory, Willpower, and Emotion.
* A book available in the first ''{{Suikoden}}'' gives the origin of the world (and the True Runes) as the result of an [[RealityBreakingParadox unstoppable force striking an immovable object]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Glitch}}'' has the world created by eleven giants.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has one, the "Convention", where several gods were brought together by one in particular who wanted to try something different. Depending on a mortal's opinion on this one particular god, he is either Lorkhan, the Doom Drum, who tricked the other gods into weakening or sacrificing themselves to create the Mundus (world of mortals), and was punished with his own death and binding to the world, or he is Shor/Shezarr, someone who wished to break everyone out out of the boring pre-creation state by taking a necessary but arduous interim step in creating mortality and was killed for it (and planned for this, with his failure being a cautionary tale of what ''not'' to do to achieve his goal). Elven religions tend to be more of the former, while religions of the races of men tend to be more the latter.
* Successful completion of the Sand People sidequest and Krayt hunt in KnightsOfTheOldRepublic concludes with the Sand People telling you their creation myth. [[spoiler: They were once a technologically advanced race who were enslaved by the Rakata. When the Infinite Empire was hit with a plague, the slaves revolted, and hid underground when the Rakata bombed the planet's surface to glass. The story also implies that the Sand People may be the ancestors of, or at least related to, the Star Wars universe humans.]] Be careful, though, as questioning too many aspects of the myth will cause all the tribe to turn hostile.
* As the player progresses through ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' he unlocks chapters in Rosalina's Storybook, the tale of a girl and her Luma as they travel the cosmos in search of their respective mothers. It becomes clear very soon that the tale is autobiographical: the girl in the book is Rosalina's younger self, and the story tells how she came to leave her homeworld and become the immortal overseer of the Comet Observatory. She may not have ''created'' the universe, but she's essential in maintaining its cycle of death and rebirth.
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* ''MSPaintAdventures'', in its [[SerialEscalation constant pursuit of epicness]], has explored this trope.
** ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' has the sequence in which Godhead Pickle Inspector calls his four TEMPORAL REPLICSIMILE-created clones [[spoiler: from the afterlife]] and tasks them with creating the universe ''by dividing in two, forwards and backwards in space, until they reach across all of time and thus constitute all elementary particles of the universe''.
** Andrew liked the idea, and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is, [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod by his words]], [[http://www.formspring.me/andrewhussie/q/1158290610 an elaborate creation myth]] based on ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', and ''VideoGame/TheSims''. Which apparently means [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted our]] creators are twelve... ([[{{Troll}} internet]]) [[OurTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] with [[DysfunctionJunction serious mental issues]]?]]
-->[[spoiler:"I thought the concept of our universe being [[CreationMyth created]] by a bunch of cantankerous internet {{troll}}s was a funny idea." -- [[WordOfGod Andrew]]]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', Ed the hyena relates the [[http://diggercomic.com/?p=183 creation myth of his people]]. Since the author has a degree in anthropology Ed's tale feels very authentic.
* ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum'' opens with one being told by the title character to her daughter, which explains why opossums can't use magic, as well as why they're the victims of FantasticRacism.
* ''Webcomic/ChildrenOfEldair'' begins with a telling of how the God and Goddess created Eldair and planted their children on it. Later another one is heard from the Elves perspective.
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* ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'' includes its own FantasyPantheon who are a huge part of the world's CreationMyth. The creation and religion of the continent which houses the story are an integral part of the plot.
* Many in TheWanderersLibrary. [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/how-grandmother-triode-stole-binary-from-the-sun How Grandmother Triode Stole Binary from the Sun]] is one told by a computer program.
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* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' when [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie]] finishes the borderline-nonsensical ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and possibly]] [[UnreliableNarrator inaccurate]]) story of how she got her cutie mark by declaring, "And that's how Equestria was made!" She follows this up by [[MindScrew offering to later tell the story of how she got her cutie mark]].
** Later, we see an annual pageant for a Christmas-analogue holiday which gives the actual creation myth of the nation of Equestria (though not the world). It may or may not be historically accurate.
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