Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for Mwuetsi

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!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amazing how the story of the first man on Earth has similarities no matter what the culture. Fortunately the snake didn't kill Adam.

Melanie Schulz said...

That's what happens when you have too much sex. :)

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Oh man. Intense.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Hah :D Once again, a snake messes with creation... I would have left the guy too if he made me give birth to trees...

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T. Powell Coltrin said...

Sounds a lot like Adam and Eve. This story says to me that we're never satisfied.

Jay Noel said...

Humans are fickle! I think the second wife ended up hooking up with the snake. Ha!!!

Chrys Fey said...

I think it's neat that the women in this myth gave birth to trees, plants, and animals. But gosh man, stop! Haha!

Sarah Foster said...

You gotta watch out for those snakes, lol.

cleemckenzie said...

You see it's always the snake that causes trouble for man.

David P. King said...

This one is totally new to me, and it sure is fascinating. I thought oil and water don't mix. :)

Pat Dilloway said...

So the world was founded thanks to bestiality. Gross. Wouldn't his wife be freaking out to give birth to plants and animals and stuff?

Pat Hatt said...

I guess he should have had one of those women birth condoms

M Pax said...

That's a fascinating myth. Sounds like a juicy story.

Nick Wilford said...

Now this is a lot more fun than Adam and Eve. That pesky snake again though. They always get a bad rap.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Are snakes always the bad guys? Is that why humans have such instinctual fear of them?

Haneen I. Adam said...

I was really enjoying the story (but a sound in my head told me it won’t end well) well that is until Dun Don! God I laughed so hard, that post of yours just made my day, and the moral of the story line? man that was Epic! Humanity, tsk tsk!
Guys! Your comments cracked me up too so thank you so very much :D
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Annalisa Crawford said...

I feel sorry for his first wife, giving birth to the trees!

Patricia Lynne said...

That is quite the creation tale. o.O

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Denise Dobkowski Hammond said...

Men never listen. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Anonymous said...

You must have some crazy chromosomes to give birth to a tree. And once again. . . the animal without legs wins.

Jo said...

Another interesting tale. I was interested in the word Maori bearing in mind that is the name given to the original peoples of New Zealand. I wonder if they have a similar story.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

oh my brain is broken! haha

Lynda R Young said...

See, snakes are scary all round.

DMS said...

I hadn't heard this one before. Definitely a tale with lots of lessons. :)

betty said...

I think Mwuetsi needs to learn to be content with where he is at :)


Mark K said...

Snakes, eh? Heck, that fella got right down and nasty - mythology is both interesting and bizarre. Thanks again for stopping by the open hearth, much appreciated :)

Robin said...

Now I'm trying to imagine the logistics of sex with a snake. Honestly, my brain can't handle this sort of thing. So, I'm letting it go and just accepting that men play with things they shouldn't. Shocking.

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