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
MacMillan looked for geographical range in his artwork, venturing as far east as China where Nü Wa once explored the wild world on her own, eventually creating humans from the mud. Soon, disaster befell her world, and it was filled with flood, fire and wild beasts. She had to drive the beasts away and repair the earth, an effort that left her so exhausted, she laid down and became part of the earth itself. His design shows modern-day celebrations remembering her struggle.