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Juon Lets Men Hear the Sound of the Dance


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(Burun, Meban/Sudan)

The creator and supreme god, Juon (Juong), molded all men out of earth.

While engaged in the work of creation, he wandered about the world. In one land, he found a pure white earth or sand, and out of it he shaped white men. He came to Egypt, and out of the mud of the Nile he made red or brown men. Then he came to the land of the Shilluk, and finding black earth he created black men.

In the process of modeling humans, he took a lump of earth, thinking that he would make a man who could talk and run, who would have two legs, like the flamingo. He did that, then considered that the man must be able to cultivate his millet, so he gave him two arms, one to hold the hoe, the other to do the weeding. But he knew that the man must be able to see the millet, so he gave him two eyes. And he also knew that the man must be able to eat his millet, so he gave him a mouth. Juon thought, further, that the man must be able to dance, to speak, to sing, so he gave him a tongue. And God knew that the man must be able to hear the sound of the dance, the speeches of great men, so he gave him two ears. And God sent into the world a perfect man.

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