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PROMETHEUS AND HIS GIFT TO MAN Zeus gives the task of creating humans to Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus. Epimetheus, whose name means “afterthought,” grants the animal kingdom all the joys of creation—fur, wings, shells, and so on—until there seems to be nothing left for man. He appeals to Prometheus for help. Prometheus takes over and devises a way to make mankind superior to the animals. First, he gives mankind an upright shape like that of the gods. Then, he travels to the sun, where he lights a torch and brings fire down to the earth. Zeus resents the great advantages that Prometheus has given man, but he cannot undo the gifts. He punishes Prometheus by binding him to a rock and condemning him to a life of “no rest, no sleep, and no moment’s respite.” THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY Before there was an earth, a woman fell from a torn place in the sky. Luckily, she was caught by two flying loons and was dropped on a sea turtle.
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