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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 20, Akewa Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 20, Akewa Summary and Analysis

The Toba people of Argentina present an account of how women arrived on earth. They say that women descended from the heavens on a long rope. The women search for roots and new plants that they might take back to their home in the heavens. The men at this time are still animals, covered in fur and walking on four legs. The male animals see the rope from the heavens and cut it with their sharp teeth, preventing the women from returning to their home. The women live alongside the male animals, eventually mating with them and creating the Toba race of people.

The one woman to remain in heaven is Akewa, the sun. Akewa grows young and old, moving quickly and slowly, respectively. The days grow shorter or longer as a result of her varied pace. The moon...

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