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The Formation Of Heaven And Earth

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In the beginning when the heavens and the earth were formed, Maitreya too came into being. Maitreya thought about the birth of humans, once he knew the origins of water and fire. 'This world is still mine, not yours', said Maitreya. 'Your world has already gone. Now I will have my world', replied Sakyamuni. 'If you want to deprive me of my world, we should see who will win in a contest, filthy, ignoble Sakyamuni' suggested Maitreya. Sakyamuni caught the roe deer and gave the three thousand monks the roe deer meat on three thousand skewers. At this time two of the monks got up and threw the meat away. They each shouted, 'I want to become a shamanist God' Because of this, people perform an annual sacrificial rite for the spirits of the mountains and streams on a mountain with raw rice and cooked rice.

Keywords: annual sacrificial rite; Earth; heaven; Maitreya; roe deer; Sakyamuni; shamanist God

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