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Mother Dao

by Micha F. Lindemans

The creator-goddess of the Indonesian island of Nias. She created the Earth by collecting all the dirt of her body and kneading it into a small ball on her knee. She became pregnant and gave birth to a man and a women, and they became the first people and lived in fertile world.

Mother Dao is called "The Turtle-like" because the inhabitants of Nias perceive the horizon on the beach as half-curved, reminding them of a shell of a turtle.


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