Stone and the Banana

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In the central Celebes of Indonesia (See Indonesian entries), the people of Poso tell how the Creator used to send things down to the first people by a rope from his nearby sky home. Once he sent down a stone, and the people rejected it as useless. The creator pulled up the stone and lowered a banana instead, and the people rushed to take it. Then the voice of the creator called down and scolded the people for their foolishness. Had they accepted the stone, he said, they would have achieved its solidity and immortality, but having chosen the banana, they had chosen its mortality and had introduced death into the world.

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