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Primordial Egg

In the Tibetan tradition the Primordial Egg is the quintessence of 5 elements and as Stein reports: From its outer shell is born the White rock of the gods on high (masculine in Tibetan), from its inner fluid is formed the White lake of conch (feminine), and from the glutinous part in the middle come all beings. The soft part of the egg becomes eighteen eggs of which one (or six), in the middle, is as though made of conch. It is a shapeless man, without limbs or senses, but endowed with thought. In accordance with his wish, sense organs break through and he becomes a handsome young man. Stein, R.A., translation by J.E. Stapleton Driver. Tibetan Civilization. London: Faber and Faber, 1972.
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