Creation Myth #2 (Yoruba)

Creation Myth #2 (Yoruba)
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  • In the beginning of time, there was only water and marshland below, and sky above. 
  • The god Olorun ruled the sky, while Olokun ruled everything below, including the water and marshlands
  • One day, one of the other gods, Obatala, asked for permission to create dryland, where all living creatures can inhabit and live.
  • Once he was given permission, he sought Orunmila, the god of prophecy, for advice. 
  • Orunmila explained he would need a golden chain to reach from the heavens down into the marshlands, a snail's shell full of sand, a white hen, and a palm nut, all of which in a bag he needed to carry down to the land. 
  • Obatala began to climb down to the marshlands, where he dumped the sand into the water, and immediately threw the white hen into the water 
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