An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Creation Myths
Each culture has its own version of how the universe began. Artist Noah MacMillan brings this “visual vocabulary” to life
- By Leah Binkovitz
- Smithsonian magazine, February 2013
Though some of the stories were quite literal, MacMillan says he approached others more abstractly, as was the case with Hinduism's origin tales. "It's trying to boil a sometimes much longer and more complex story down to one image and so it's not as much the whole narrative as just the mood that I was able to extract from it." The lotus bloom that birthed both Lord Brahma and all creation emerges between the hands of Lord Vishnu, surrounded by the heavens.