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Zhe Pama And Zhe Mima

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This is a most ancient but true story telling how our earliest ancestors, Zhe Pama and Zhe Mima, created man, the heaven and the earth. In time immemorial there was neither heaven nor earth, but boundless chaos with no separation between light and dark, up and down. Yin and yang, generated from light and dark, gave birth to the God of Heaven, Zhe Pama, and Goddess of Earth, Zhe Mima. Both married and settled down in the centre of the earth. Nine years later Zhe Mima bore a gourd seed which they planted in the soil from which sprang nine babies. The first humans did not know how to make full use of their limbs and wisdom. It was Zhe Mima who taught them how to hunt, cook, build houses, keep records by notching wood, and how to expel diseases and disasters by means of divination and incantations.

Keywords: first humans; God of Heaven; Goddess of Earth; Zhe Mima; Zhe Pama

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