Juok and the Struggle Between Sun and Moon

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(Jo Luo/Sudan)

Juok was the creator.

He once asked the sun and the moon if there were now more or fewer people on the earth. The moon answered that there were many people. But the sun said that this was not true because people were always dying. Juok said that he wanted the people to die as the moon dies, then be returned to life again after a month. The sun was envious of the moon, because the moon knew more about people than he did. The people always hid themselves when the sun came, because he was so hot. He therefore fought with the moon, throwing him—the scars (the lunar seas) are still to be seen on the moon. Juok felt sorry for the sun because she was alone, and decided to give her a brother or sister. Spider intervened, saying that if there were two suns the people would die. The sun condemned the spider for rejecting Juok's proposal, saying that from that time spiders would have to hide during the time that the sun was out. They could come out only at night.

The first fire was brought by a dog. This dog went into the Juok village and found Juok in a blacksmith's shop. The fire was burning there. The dog said that it was very cold, and he kept moving nearer and nearer to the fire. When he got too near, his tail caught fire and he ran away. While he was running, he wagged his tail and in this way set fire to the abolo tree and other trees and grasses. The people asked the dog where he had found the fire. He said that he had brought it from the house of Juok, but it was kept in the abolo tree. Therefore, if people want to make fire, they take sticks from the abolo tree and use them for kindling. See also: Nyikang, Wac.

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