people from New Zealand saw Mother Earth with a child in her
womb, the young god Ru. When he stretches and kicks as babies do, he
The East Africans saw a giant fish carrying
a stone on his back. A cow stands on a stone, balancing the Earth on one
of her horns. From time to time, her neck begins to ache, and she tosses
the globe from one horn to the other.
West Africans claimed that a Giant carries
the Earth on his head. All the plants that grow on the Earth are his
hair, and people and animals are the insects that crawl through his
hair. He usually sits and faces the east, but once in a while he turns
to the west and then back to the east. This causes the Earth to shake.