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This is generally used so that the universe's life-cycle mimics those of many of its creatures, giving the trope metaphorical significance as a symbol of life's beginning. As such, it is found in many religious stories and ancient mythologies, but it is also commonly found in many modern Mythopoeias as a way to begin the narrative.
- This is said to be the theory behind Reality Marbles in the Nasuverse—the Mental World of the magus is what's inside the Cosmic Egg, and the Reality Marble is the ability to switch the world outside the egg with the world inside. This "creation" is only temporary though; since the event is an unnatural occurrence, the larger world will attempt to revert the disturbance back to normal, which is why Reality Marbles require a large amount of prana to maintain even for a few minutes.
- According to one story, this is how Galactus managed to survive the last big crunch.
- This is how worlds are born in the Books of Magic. Tim restores the dying realm of Faerie by finding a world egg to hatch a new Faerie.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 shows the Seed of Wonder, which has the shape of a red egg about the size of a football. According to Spike, "The world came from the Seed."
- In The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, these are used as fuel.
- One of the many origins of the Discworld universe given by the Great Spells in The Light Fantastic. Apparently, the Cosmic Egg was "distinctly rubbery."
- Appears in Tau Zero at the end of the universe, during the Big Crunch.
- Provided the name and album cover for Wolfmother's second full album.
- Resurrected as an idea in modern science with the Big Bang: for the first few Planck Times the universe was a highly-compressed ball of proto-universal stuff. More often thought of as this within the big bang/big crunch model of an oscillating universe (now discredited by discovery of dark energy).
Religion and Mythology
- Older Than Dirt: The Rig Veda (and later, some Puranas) use this to describe the universe in its early stages in Hindu Mythology.
- The Orphic Egg of Pelasgian creation myth which predates Classical Mythology and even the Greek language.
- The Taoist idea of Pangu from Chinese Mythology is this trope.
- Mentioned in the Kalevala.
- Egyptian myth.
- And given that much of Judaism (and Christianity) developed because of contact with Egypt during its period of bondage, it's not surprising that the opening line "God created the heaven and the earth", the word "created" is supposedly similar to that for giving birth.
- In Hawaiian mythology, the fire-goddess Pele carries an egg from her original home in Tahiti to the Hawaiian archipelago. The egg hatches out her fully-formed sister Hi'iaka, the goddess of dance. (In fact, Hi'iaka's much longer full name translates (very) roughly as "carried in the arms of Pele").
- Rosalina's starship, in Super Mario Galaxy has a warp field that makes it look like an egg. Given that she's apparently the overseer of the rebirth of the universe, this is likely intentional.
- Arceus is a godlike Pokémon that was born from one of these.
- While it's never stated whether or not the universe itself hatched from them, the Cosmic Eggs of Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey have the power to remake the Earth as a world of absolute Law or Chaos. They can also be detonated in order to destroy the Schwarzwelt instead.
- In Oracle of Tao, Ambrosia uses one of these to make all existence real (before that, it was more a Lotus Eater Machine with herself as the only real person).
- The Precursor stone in Jak II Renegade is the last Precursor egg.