Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.
Mwuetsi is the first human, according to African creation mythology. Maori, the creation god, created Mwuetsi in a lake. Mwuetsi had a horn filled with some kind of oil that helped spawn all the creatures of the water.
But Mwuetsi wasn't happy living in the water, so he was allowed to live on dry land. Once again, Mwuetsi complained about his new living arrangements. Apparently, land was desolate and barren. Maori created a woman to keep Mwuetsi company.
So Mwuetsi and his new woman got along so well, she gave birth to plants and trees. After a couple of years, his wife grew bored of him, so she left. Maori created another woman for Mwuetsi, and she bore him all kinds of animals. Chickens, goats, cows, lions, scorpions, snakes, spiders, and eventually children.
Maori told Mwuetsi to stop having so much sex, but the first man wouldn't listen. Mwuetsi apparently became attracted to snake, and the darn animal bit him. So Mwuetsi died.
There's a bunch of moral lessons here, but I'll leave that up to you to come up with!