Eurynome Rising: The Pelasgian Creation Myth

This myth was adapted into verse by James Luchte in 2001 from a prose version by Robert Graves in Greek Myths, Vol. 1.   It was published in 2006 in Gnosis by Philip Gardiner.


EurynomeIn the beginning, Eurynome,
The Goddess of All Things,
Rose naked from Chaos.

She found nothing upon
Which to rest her feet, and thus,
She divided the sea from the sky.

She danced lonely upon
The waves of the sea.

She danced towards the South, and
The Wind set in motion behind her
Seemed something new and strange
With which to begin a work of creation.

Wheeling about, she caught hold of
This North wind, rubbed it between
Her hands, and behold!
The great serpent Ophion.

Eurynome danced to warm herself, wildly
And more wildly, until Ophion, enchanted,
Coiled about her divine limbs
Becoming one with her.

As she lay with the Ophion,
Eurynome was got with child.

Eurynome assumed the form of a dove,
Brooding upon the waves and with time,
She laid the Universal Egg.

At her bidding, Ophion coiled seven times
About this egg, until it hatched and split into two.

Out tumbled all things that exist, her children:
Sun, moon, planets, stars, Earth with her mountains
Rivers, trees, herbs, and all living creatures.

Eurynome and Ophion made their home upon
Mount Olympus where he vexed her by
Claiming to be the author of the Universe.

Forthwith, she bruised his head with her heel,
Kicked out his teeth, and banished him to the
Dark caves below the Earth.

Eurynome opened her gaze and her arms to her
Children, giving each its name which she read
Off its own singular power and being.

She named the sun, moon, planets, stars and
The Earth with her mountains and rivers, trees,
Herbs and living creatures.

She took joy in her creation, but soon found
Herself alone desiring the face, voice,
ear and warmth of another of her own.

Eurynome stood up and once again
Began to dance alone upon the waves.


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