Areop-Enap

Pacific Islands - A primaeval spider. A creator deity in Nauru Island. She was swallowed by a huge clam but, helped by a caterpillar, Rigi, and a shellfish, she opened the clam shell to make the earth. The top of the shell became the sky, the caterpillar became the sun and the shellfish became the moon. She made men from stones and had them support the sky. Some say that the caterpillar's sweat formed the oceans, but he was drowned in the ocean and placed in the sky as the Milky Way. Referred to as Areop-Enap, Ancient Spider or Ancient Spider.

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