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How Rain Came To Man

Greece

Long before our time, man had no need for rain or sun, because the gods made all the plants grow for the human’s food. The people never prayed for anything, because all was taken for granted. For a while, this was okay, but Zeus started to get angry. Zeus saw that man was taking everything for granted, and acted accordingly, by punishing man with a famine. For the first few years of the famine, man had stored up enough food, but started to worry. After the fifth year, man started to pray. Zeus, who hated getting mad, forgave man and gave them rain.

The system was far from perfect, and because there was no sign that the rain was coming, man did not know when to store water. Prometheus, who made man, spoke to his brother Epimetheus. “Will you join me in doing something for man, so that he will know when rain will come?’’ Epimetheus didn’t really care much for man, but he still came along with Prometheus. Prometheus thought and thought, and decided that the sign should be in the sky.

He took a lamb, and deciding that this wasn’t enough wool, stretched the lamb’s neck and body, and took the wool. Since this was the lamb’s first wool, it never remembered how to make wool again, and became the first camel. Whenever rain was going to come, Prometheus flung the wool, now called a cloud, to the sky, and man benefited a lot from it.

Zeus after a week, noticed this, and interrogated every god to see who did it, since by law, he could not take the cloud down. He found out that it was Prometheus and Epimetheus, and punished them with a decree. “You shall be punished in a good way, far flung from the earth, but still helping the humans,” he said. With the consent and help of all the gods, Zeus made Prometheus into the sun, and Epimetheus into the moon. They were separated so that they would never do anything together, and the sun shines more bright with anger than the moon, because Prometheus cared more for the humans, and he was mad that he had been banished.

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can you let me know when (time or age) this story was popular. 13th August 2019
now we have scientific explanation of how does rain occur. but it is really amazing to know how ancient people used to think about this phenomenon. 13th August 2019
I thought that promethieus was chained to a rock. Otherwise it was amazing. And Appolo drives the sun charriot. So your saying that Appolo drives Promethieus? 29th April 2019
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