All over the world human beings have told tales of the mythical origins of the universe. These stories contain essential clues about the people who composed them – their views of the universe, human nature, and the forces behind the masks of the gods. When we ask Who made the world? and Why? what we are really asking are deeply existential questions about our own nature. Combing through the Hebrew creation accounts in Genesis, the Sumerian creation account in the Enuma Elish, the Egyptian creation account in the Pyramid Texts and the Mayan creation account in the Popul Vuh, and more, we come to see creation myths less as historical records and more as metaphysical poetry designed to move us into accord with the universe.