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A Sumerian High God


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Everything was water except a small piece of ground. On this were Eagle and Coyote. Then the turtle swam to them.

They sent it to dive for the earth at the bottom of the water. The turtle barely succeeded in reaching the bottom and touching it with its foot. When it came up again, all the earth seemed washed out.


The dove went out. It found a single grain of meal. The eagle and Coyote put his down on the ground.

Then the earth became covered with seeds and fruit. Now they told the people to eat these.

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