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El-Ial


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A legendary hero of the Indian tribes of Patagonia. His father, Nosjthej, wishing to eat him, had snatched him from his mother's womb. El-lal owed his rescue to the intervention of Rat, who carried him to the safety of his hole. Having learned from this substitute father the sacred lore, El-lal emerged into the world, making himself its lord by means of his invention—the bow and arrow. He had further battles with fierce Nosjthej as well as indigenous giants, all of whom he overcame, but at last he decided to quit the earth. Thereafter, he said, men would have to look after themselves.

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