symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it
A creation myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began.
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- The Biblical words about the genesis of heaven and earth are not words of information but words of appreciation. The story of creation is not a description of how the world came into being but a song about the glory of the world's having come into being.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel, in The Wisdom of Heschel (1970), p. 150