Creation of man from clay

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Fashioning a man out of clay

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
  • In another Sumerian story, both Enki and Ninmah create humans from the clay bowl of the Abzu, modern day Africa, in which the ovum of a humanoid is fertilized with the sperm of the Anunaki and inserted back into an Anunaki heroine. [1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.


  1. ^ p 136-139, The Lost Book of Enki, Zechariah Sitchin, 2002, Bear & Company Publishing Co. Rochester, Vermont USA
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