Part I: Chapters 1-5
* Cosmic myths explain a culture's idea of universal order.
* Cosmogonies typically consist of stories of creation, the great flood, the afterlife, the Fall and Revelation, or the end of the world.
* Leeming says that cosmogonies are essentially female, because they are concerned with creation, and the development of consciousness from the unconscious, or from raw matter.
* The Egyptian cosmogony is earliest, and revolves around the central God Re or Atun.
* Leeming describes Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Hebraic, Indian, Greek and Roman, Christian, and Native American and African cosmogonies.
* Flood myths from these same cultures are described next.
* After discussing flood myths, Leeming describes the myths of the afterlife in numerous cultures.
* Leeming concludes part I with a discussion of myths of the apocalypse from a number of cultures.
Part II: Chapters 1-3
* Leeming defines the gods as immortal beings who personify the people's need to overcome...
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