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Origin Stories - The Birth of Good and Evil

The story of Sky Woman's descent to earth continues with the birth of Sky Woman's daughter. Sky Woman's daughter gives birth to twin sons.

Even prior to their birth, these two sons are in conflict. The good twin is born in the natural way, while his evil brother, jealous of his sibling's being born first, pushes himself out his mother's side. The birth of the twins marks the beginning of the battle of good and evil on earth. The brothers grow quickly and begin to fill the world with their creations. One creates all that is good and useful to humans, while the other is destructive, and creates all that is bad. Eventually the good twin defeats his evil brother, and banishes him to a pit under the earth. From this pit the evil twin sends emissaries that continue to bring evil into the world.

Vincent Bomberry, 1982
Keller George, Oneida Haudenosaunee, 2001
Alan Brant, Tyendinaga, 2001

Christianity has had a profound effect, replacing or augmenting traditional beliefs.

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