Humans come from Plants?
This is a curation post of various sources and personal reflections on the idea that humans were created (by the gods) from plants. Thus, it is a perpetual work in progress.
Like the Norse tale of Ask and Embla
|"Hœnir, Lóðurr and Odin create Askr and Embla" (1895) by Lorenz Frølich.|
In Norse mythology, Ask and Embla (Old Norse: Askr ok Embla) —male and female respectively—were the first two humans, created by the gods. The pair are attested in both the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In both sources, three gods, one of whom is Odin, find Ask and Embla and bestow upon them various corporeal and spiritual gifts. A number of theories have been proposed to explain the two figures, and there are occasional references to them in popular culture. [source]
It happened one day when the three brothers walked along the beach and found two trees. Odin gave them life and breath, Vili gave them consciousness and movement, and Vé gave them speech, hearing, and sight.
Ask and Embla was given the realm of Midgard, and here they gave birth to the first children of mankind.
The name Ask (Old Norse: Askr) literally means “ash tree”. This is a similarity to Greek mythology, where the first two humans also were created from ash trees.
Time passed, and the humans populated the world, but they had no social structure, no classes, they were all as equal as they could be.
This would not change before the god Heimdall, also known as Rig, visited Midgard and created the social classes by interbreeding with the humans. [source]
Links to dig into:
This video may hold some clues that this might be considered plausible with the appropriate technologies.
I'll add more material as I find them.
- Chlorophyll and hemoglobin are very much alike.