The Left Hand of Darkness - Chapter 17, An Orgota Creation Myth Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17, An Orgota Creation Myth Summary

The origins of this Orgota myth are prehistorical and recorded in many forms:

In the beginning there was only sun and ice. Over many years the sun melted crevasses into the ice, and in these were shapes of ice. One ice-shape said, "I bleed." Another said, "I weep," and a third said, "I sweat." The first ice-shape climbed out of the crevasse and pulled out handfuls of excrement from the sun and made the hills and valleys with it. The second breathed on the ice and melted it, making the seas and rivers. The third gathered up soil and seawater and made trees, plants, herbs, grain, animals and men. The 39 men who were created did not wake, so the ice-shapes let the sun melt them. The ice-shapes melted as milk and ran into the mouths...

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