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n. pl. cos·mog·o·nies
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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Following his cosmogonic self-parturition (the ontological cut), the sky and earth went asunder as did all other elements, including the sun and moon, which derive from the creator's two eyes.
These cosmogonic myths, involving as a rule supernatural beings, offer "explanations" of the natural order and cosmic forces.
This so-called `biological' perspective is in fact integrated in the cosmogonic account analysed by the author in four phases: total unity and rest of the sphere (sphairos), under the agency of Love; destruction of the sphere by Strife; arrangement of the elements in large homogeneous masses; appearance of life-forms in the framework of a process of unification ordered by Love who progressively repels Strife towards the circumference.
Quia praecessit proprio corpori tristis umbra, ex hac quidem natura humida, ex hac vero corpus in mundo sensibili constitit." In the vision of the cosmogonic process with which this text begins (sig.
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Called brahmodhyas, these contests on sacred knowledge were initially discussions/dialogues in the form of Vedic verses that posed cosmogonic riddles within Vedic sacrifices, for example in the asvamedha.
Beginning as the splitting of the self into good and bad part-objects, this imagery can be activated in various contexts; the great cultural traditions of cosmogonic myths, initiation and healing sessions of sorcerers, stories by and for children, dreams, children's play, and other events that may punctuate the flux of daily life.
Thus Tolkien travels from "the large and cosmogonic to the level of the romantic fairy story--the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the early--the lesser drawing splendour from the vast back cloths," (54) creating a sense of a wider history beyond those tales recorded on the page, echoing both contemporary "historiographic metafiction" and at the same time the effects of true myth.
A set of etiological and cosmogonic myths, invocations, ritual speech, and a wide variety of behaviors manifest a system of religious thought that is well known elsewhere, not only in islands and mainland Southeast Asia but also in Northern Asia and Central Asia.(2) There is no dogma here, no clergy or liturgy, but rather peculiar individuals, balyan, who in their quest attempt to enter into a relationship with the Spirits through a dialogue and the beauty of a song, through the art of negotiation and ecstatic techniques.
The central and indeed paradigmatic role of the body in cosmogonic myths has been studied most extensively to date by Bruce Lincoln, with primary emphasis on the Indo-European (IE) tradition.
Following the cosmogonic self-parturition, the sky and earth went asunder as did all other elements, including the sun and moon, which derive from the creator's two eyes.