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The Kamaiura Indians, inhabitants of the Xingu River in Brazil, say that in the beginning there was only Mavutsinim, the creator. He turned a shell into a woman and begot a son, the first man. Then Mavutsinim took away the child and the tearful mother went to a lagoon, turning into a shell again. ‘We are the grandchildren of Mavutsinim's son,’ declare the Kamaiura.

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