Bright young Spider God of Fire
He had an odd origin, being magically born from a large unsightly spot on a tortoise. named Dabage. And his surreal birth seems to have affected his personality, as he grew up to be a boisterous young spider, full of tricks.
AREOP-ENAP knew exactly what a clever arachnid the boy was, and decided to send him on an errand. "It's nearly dinner time. Run out and fetch me some fire to cook the fish."
So AREOP-IT-EONIN went to track down some fire, not bothering to wonder where the old spider got his fish supplies up there in the sky. Perhaps they were flying fish.
Mr Thunder was snoozing between storms when there was a knock at the door. Mrs Lightning looked out and saw a polite young spider standing there. "Hello," he said, "I'm your new neighbor. I've just moved in — can I borrow a cup of fire?"
Mrs Lightning picked up a large piece of firewood and gave him a generous dollop — but warned him to carry it away quietly. "If my husband wakes up, he'll be very angry and beat me." But AREOP-IT-EONIN was so thrilled to be clutching a sample of fire that he danced and sang and clapped several of his hands together with joy.
Of course, all this commotion woke up Mr Thunder. Roaring with displeasure, he stormed after the little spider, intending to squish him. But AREOP-IT-EONIN whirled around, swinging the fire faster and faster... until thunk! Mr Thunder collided with the burning wood and collapsed to the ground in agony.
So young spider raced back with the precious fire to old AREOP-ENAP, who was so pleased that he treated the cheeky youngster to a fish supper and allowed him to live in Heaven forever.
We can only assume that on the way he spilt a few drops of the precious fire which fell down to Earth. We also suspect that the injured Mr Thunder has remained in a foul mood to this day.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Name means : Young Spider
Area or people : Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island), Micronesia
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
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