The Buddhist ‘Genesis’ or The Aggañña-sutta has been analyzed by Thai and Western Buddhist scholars as offering an allegorical tale which details a long, inter-dependent process of human beings’ moral degradation on the one hand, and socio-political evolution on the other. This is considered to be the Buddhist equivalent of the Genesis without God.
This article examines the structure and psychological effects of a three-part primal vision monomyth. This monomyth is a common pattern at the heart of many of the world’s creation stories. The primal vision paints a vivid picture of cosmic harmony, gives an account as to why this original harmony was disrupted, and describes a concrete path toward the restoration of the original universal order.