Creation of man from clay
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The "creation of man from clay" is a theme that recurs throughout world religions and mythologies. Examples include:
- According to Sumerian mythology the god Enki or Enlil create a servant of the gods, humankind, out of clay and blood. See Enki and the Making of Man
- According to Genesis 2:7 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
- According to the Qur'an[23:12–15], God created man from clay.
- According to Greek mythology, Prometheus created man from clay, while Athena breathed life into them.
- According to Chinese mythology (see Chu Ci and Imperial Readings of the Taiping Era), Nüwa molded figures from the yellow earth, giving them life and the ability to bear children.
- According to Egyptian mythology the god Khnum creates human children from clay before placing them into their mother's womb.
- According to some American Indian beliefs, the Earth Shaker formed the figure of many men and women, which he dried in the sun and into which he breathed life.
- According to Inca mythology the creator god Viracocha formed humans from clay on his second attempt at creating living creatures.
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