The Quarrel between the Earth and the Sky

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  • Long ago, Sky withheld rain from the Earth for seven years...
  • ...until crops withered and the dead could not be buried because the shovels broke on the stony Earth.
  • At last Vulture was sent to plead with Sky, and to soften his heart with a song of the suffering of the sons of men.
  • At last Sky was moved to pity, and he gave to Vulture rain wrapped in the leaves of the coco-yam.
  • But as he flew home his long talon pierced the leaves, and the rain fell as it had never fallen before.
  • And so heavily did it rain on Vulture that he did not return to deliver his message but flew to a distant land, from where he saw a fire.
  • And when he got there he found it was a man making a sacrifice. He warmed himself in the fire and devoured the sacrifice.
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