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All Creatures Made Out Of Clay

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This chapter is about a deity called Baoruhenbagesi (Buddha in Ewenki) who molded all creatures out of clay. But before finishing the job he ran out of materials. He learned that there remained a hill of clay hidden under the stomach of a huge sacred turtle called Alatengyuyari whose magic power was unimaginably immense. Baoruhenbagesi saw a Nissan shaman coming from the east, on a white horse carrying a bow and arrows. Baoruhenbagesi asked the shaman if he could remove the turtle. The arrow, which shook both earth and heaven, ripped deep into its scruff. Before realizing what had happened, the poor creature fainted onto its back. Having obtained hills of clay from there, Baoruhenbagesi engaged himself in the creation of day and night. In course of time the four legs of Alatengyuyari that sustained heaven gradually became four huge pillars which brought about the separation of heaven and earth.

Keywords: Alatengyuyari; Baoruhenbagesi; Buddha in Ewenki; clay; creation; shaman; turtle



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