The question about the beginning of the world is the universal question of the creation myth and it is also the question of Cosmology under the category of philosophy. Then what embryological relation do East Asian Mythology and Philosophy have?
In the creation myth there was nothing and chaos before the Creator. The mythological thought could not find the difference between nothing and chaos, and though they felt something intuitively in them, they did not have the generalized idea but only imaged as god. That is the Creator appeared from nothing and chaos. By the way, what the goddess among the Creator, especially the Great Mother, appeared as a generalized idea not as an image is Tao in Lao Zi philosophy.
Tao is not what was abstracted based on any unique natural thing, but what described the image of the Creator that had the world exist, acting with personality as the conceptional principle. Confucian as well as Taoism also succeed to the world cognizance of the creation myth partly. But what Confucian, contrary to Taoism, based on in the course of development of the cognizance accepted the creation myth by the god of heaven among the type of one god creation or the type of two god creation.
Tao is the world principle producing all things and the principle existing inside not outside in all things. And it's the continuous change. This is not different from the figure of creation goddess. That point is different from the Logos of the western philosophy. Because the Logos, which is before creation of earth and the god itself, is the principle existing outside of all things. The Cosmology of Confucian is not same but is similar to the logos of the western philosophy. Because the original world cognizance frame was succeeded to it, Confucian prescribes the world order as Heaven's order. This Heaven is the principle of Confucian. This cognizance is that revert the heaven to the father-male and the land to the mother-female, grade both up and down and discourse this grade as the immutable order. This is the androcentric and anthropocentric cognizance. This cognizance gives birth to dualism. But Lao Zi doesn't emphasize the man as the center of the heaven and earth. It shows the indiscriminate world cognizance that all things was thrown before movement of the universe.
Taoism provides the clue for reflection about the Logocentrism. In Logocentrism what is irrational is excluded. Taoism and the mythological thought about the modern crisis from this exclusion is throwing the imagination of introspection.