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Fashioning a man out of clay
The "creation of man from clay" is a miraculous birth 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.
- In another Sumerian story, both Enki and Ninmah create humans from the clay of the Abzu, the fresh water of the underground. They take turns in creating and decreeing the fate of the humans.
- 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 Demeter 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-maker 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.
- According to some Laotian mythology, there are stories of humans created from mud or clay.