Sērbaka Creation Myths

Sērbaka creation stories and myths are as rich and diverse as their vibrant cultures and clans; running the gamut, these ancient theories and concepts were often early attempts at explaining witnessed phenomena throughout the world and, in some instances, how the world herself came to be.

Most Sērbaka creation myths and legends tend to be region dependent, with the Great Basin Ocean being among the most prevalent and widespread, incorporating elements that proved to have some factual basis in real historical incidents. Many involve sacrosanct caverns and/or underground tunnels, especially those clans and cultures around any of the many volcanic hotspots that dot Maka.
…as modern Sērbaka began searching for more meaningful answers to their origins, soon rejecting ancient manuscripts and scrolls depicting all manner of unsubstantiated supernatural agents and events, they happened upon the true origins, which began seeping into the collective consciousness, no longer a species living in fear of the unknown…
— Archeologist
Exploring these stories, a glimpse of ancient Sērbaka come into view, delving deep into the beginnings of all things, and deep into Maka herself.

Great Ocean Basin

Civilizations and cultures surrounding the Great Basin Ocean, have several myths regarding creation, most involving supernatural entities, animals, and Maka herself.

In one myth Ňisa, represented as a deific lightning bug-like creature, having grown bored with life among her own kind, flew away to explore the heavens, but upon finding nothing, she fell into deep despair. Her desire for more so strong that she willed the very planets, new siblings all, into being, her tears splashing upon her creations before she was even aware of what she had done, creating the ocean and sky, the trees and mountains springing from the ground, nourished by her divinity.

However, soon Maka and Ǧarǎ began to fight for the attention of Ňisa, and at first, Ňisa was pleased by their adoration but soon after witnessing the destruction their jealousy wrought upon one another, Ňisa separated her children, pulling the runt, Zāsmāks, close, and ordering her more powerful children away to keep watch, while she dealt with the petulant twins, Maka and Ǧarǎ. First, she separated them, yet they still lashed out, their waters sloshing all about their surfaces. Next, she put the animals on their surfaces, urging them to be more careful, this did not work either, so Ňisa, as a last resort, put people upon the surface, hoping worshipers of their own would ease the two sister’s rivalry; yet that too proved futile, with Maka and Ǧarǎ reengaging in savage and bloody feuding, their seas washing away much of the animals, people, and blessings of Ňisa. Finally, in anger and frustration, Ňisa lashed out with lightening and fire, scorching Maka, making her hot and boiling off her oceans in the process.

Like any parent, who has harmed her child, she retreated into herself, but the siblings had begrudgingly listened, and now get along, though to this day circle each other, facing off, prepared to strike at the other, the rivalry cooled but no extinguished.

Another from the Great Ocean Basin

There have been three worlds, this is the third. The first destroyed by water – perhaps a great tsunami (or several tsunami’s) caused by oceanic earthquakes – the second destroyed in fire – maybe a coronal mass ejection, volcanic eruption, or asteroid. Claims in both instances depict well respected clan elders following strange glowing clouds, leading their people to the nostril of their sleeping mother, the planet Maka. Previously the clans had avoided entering this cave due to the winds that frequently blew into and out of the cave, out of fear of smothering their mother in her sleep. Both times these elders met with the spirit of Maka herself where she informed the elders that she would hold her breath until the clans were safely inside, where they would find refuge from the global cataclysms occurring on the surface, her breathing keeping all danger at bay.

In this legend, Maka taught the people about cooking and food preservation when they most needed it.

Dvaŋž

Speaking of caves, in an interior region of the Maka supercontinent, the Dvaŋž tribe, along with others surrounding the Tšēžt Caldera Hot Spot, also feared a cave that featured wind blowing in and out of it, they too believed it was the breath of their mother, Maka, however, they did not fear entering because they might smother Maka, they feared it because it might make her sneeze, and if just her sleeping breath could cause the local lakes to be warm and steam, they were rightfully concerned that a sneeze would be unpleasant for all Sērbaka calling the region home.

Stories, however, claim that a curious spiritual leader had a vision of a young maiden, telling him she was Maka, the mother of all. Should he inform his people that the cave was a sacred place, and if people brought and left offerings and trinkets, his people would bask in her reward, great herds roaming nearby, enough to feed all for all time.

Clan Šnǎvtē

Recovered manuscripts from excavation of ancient clan Šnǎvtē, reveal a version of events unique among Sērbaka, beginning with an act of infidelity and incest. Infidelity is a concept nearly as extinct among modern Sērbaka clans and cultures, as the extinct clan Šnǎvtē.

Events in this version unfold when Gāŋkogz, the “first” [Sērbaka] – made immortal by Ňisa, because she was so in love with him, that she could not bear to suffer his loss – who, himself, could no longer bear separation from his mother Maka, fled from Ňisa, back to Maka, seeking comfort in her bosom, and in turn taking Maka as his mate, fulfilling her longing for his embrace once again. Ňisa in a fit of jealous rage threw Gāŋkogz back to the land, revoking his immortality. Broken from his fall, never to embrace either Maka or Ňisa in the same way again, and to avoid the hot possessive gaze of Ňisa, Gāŋkogz crawled underground, where Sērbaka dwelled.

It is here that Gāŋkogz meets and convinces Škǎnzāŋž (“the second”) to come to the surface, as a final defiant gesture to spurned Ňisa. Škǎnzāŋž emerges to find a beautiful land, blessed with beasts, and the warmth of Ňisa raining down from above. He returns to convince other clans to come to the surface too, and they do.

However, Škǎnzāŋž soon realizes he is the gullible party caught between a lie and the liars scorned lovers, with the beasts growing scarce due to Maka mourning her lost son and lover, the weather becomes hot under the vengeful gaze of Ňisa who’s ire becomes focused on the Sērbaka now freely roaming Maka, reminding her of her rebuked love for “the first,” causing all on the surface to be starving. Making matters worse, none of them may return to their underground home, Maka grief cut them off, forced to eke out an existence on the Maka surface.

Cover image: by Silgiriya

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