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The Massim people of Papua believe that the origin of fire was an old woman named Goga. The first men stole it from her. A rain goddess and a fire goddess, Goga tried to quench the stolen firebrand by a down-pour but, fortunately for mankind, a snake preserved the flame on its tail.

Another fire myth relates how the first men noticed smoke rising from the sea. They sent various animals after a flame, and it happened that the dog managed to steal a blazing brand from the island of the fire goddess.

Subjects: Religion.

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