Quadernity began to unfold by way of lucid dreams in 1999, when I asked the question: “How could Genesis and the Tao te Ching, creation stories told in radically different styles, be translated or decoded so that their singular truth would be revealed?”
As explained in the Site Orientation the Book of Quadernity is told in seven* units, beginning with the unit titled In the Beginning a Question Evokes Lucid Dreams and culminating with this unit, also aptly titled The Creation Stories are Reconciled After All.
*Yes, the blog site extends in both directions beyond these bookend units. Those units preceding In the Beginning… are introductory, and those that follow …After All provide vocabulary, practical perspectives, speculative essays, etc.
Perusing the prior units provides the necessary foundation for fully appreciating this unit. By the time one reaches this final unit of the Book of Quadernity, readers have learned a revealing (although quirky) vocabulary, become familiar with a color-coding system that highlights gender-associated terms, and studied how all Quadernity models operate by the same dynamic, even as each emphasizes a different aspect.
As stated in A Puzzle of Creation Stories, the creation stories that I cross-compared for interpretation between phrasings and metaphors were mainly these four: Genesis, the Tao te Ching, Rig Veda and Enuma Elish (listed here in order of my exposure to them, which coincidentally orders them also from most recent to most ancient*).
*The Enuma Elish dates back to Bronze Age cuneiform (fourth millennium B.C.E.). At the earliest, the Rig Veda was written around 3000 B.C.E. The Tao te Ching was written around the 6th century B.C.E. The first five books of the Holy Bible, including the creation story of Genesis, are called the Pentateuch. Excerpted from a scholarly essay published by BioLogos Foundation:
The Pentateuch as we know it is the end product of a complex literary process written, oral, or both that did not come to a close until the exile (586-539 BC) and postexilic period.
Archeologists can date the earliest forms of writing; however, no one can say exactly how long an oral tradition preceded its transcription. Oral traditions are at the root of all written traditions. The Vedas, for instance, were recited as Sanskrit mantras, the power of which can be realized by resonance, as felt in the presence of skillful chanters dedicated to precise elocution.
Of course, these four scriptures have been translated from their original languages into English, and each one by multiple scholars. The specific translations of the four scriptures upon which I relied have been provided in the aforementioned unit A Puzzle of Creation Stories.
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