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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 1 (search)
i.321ff., ii.370ff. For
example, the Ewe people of Togo-land, in West Africa, think that the Earth is the wife
of the Sky, and that their marriage takes place in the rainy season, when the rain
causes the seeds to sprout and bear fruit. These fruits they regard as the children of
Mother Earth, who in their opinion is the mother also of men and of gods, see J.
Spieth, Die Ewe-Stämme （Berlin, 1906）, pp.
464, 548. In the regions of the Senegal and the Niger it is
believed that the Sky-god and the Earth-goddess are the parents of the principal spirits
who dispense life and death, weal and woe, among mankind. See Maurice Delafosse,
Haut-Sénégal-Niger (Paris, 1912),
iii.173ff. Similarly the Manggerai, a people of West Flores, in the Indian
Archipelago, personify Sky and Earth as husband and wife; the consummation of their
marriage is manifested in the rain, which fertilizes Mother
Earth, so that s