|In the beginnings of origin, this world was a muddy ocean.||kono yō no moto hajimari wa doro no umi||このよふの 元はじまりハ とろのうみ|
|Therein were only loaches.||sono naka yori dojō bakari ya||そのなかよりも どぢよばかりや|
Alternate English translations
The origin of this universe was a muddy ocean, living therein were nothing but a large number of loaches.
In the very beginning of the world, there were a large number of mudfish in the muddy seas.
Yoshitaro Ueda (2009)
From Michi no dai: Foundation of the Path 35:73
“At the origin,” God drew forth “a fish and a serpent” that were in the muddy ocean and made them into the models of husband and wife. The Story of Creation included in the Besseki lecture begins, incidentally, by saying, “In the beginning, the world was a muddy ocean.” There were only “loaches” therein. Such was how things were prior to creation.
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