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The Legend of the Three Races

In the beginning, the great god Kabunian decided that He was lonely. He came up with the idea of shaping a man out of clay that He could bring to life and talk to, and put in charge of the other beings on the Earth every now and then. He decided that He would make the clay man look like Himself.

He took some clay from the Earth, molded it into the shape of a man, and then placed it inside His oven. While He waited for the clay man to solidify, He toured the Earth and amused Himself. Alas, Kabunian lost all track of time. When He remembered that He had left something in the oven longer than was ought, his first clay man was all burnt. It was black as coal all over. Its hair curled tightly from the heat. Kabunian anyway thought it a grand creation, and breathed life into it. But it was not yet the kind of man He wanted at the start.

So Kabunian gave it another try. He placed his second clay man into the oven. But this time, Kabunian became so eager to see what would come out, that He brought the clay man out while it was not yet fully baked. The second clay man was so pale that now we would call it raw. But it was solid enough, and Kabunian liked it well. He breathed life into it. But it was not yet the kind of man He wanted at the start.

At His third and final try, Kabunian resolved to be careful. He guarded the time while His third clay man baked to perfection. When His clay man was finally drawn from the oven it was a perfect brown, and its hair was straight and dark, and there was laughter in its cheeks. Kabunian loved this third clay man, and breathed life into it. But in the end He came to love the three Races of Man equally. He began to encourage the three Races to get along, for the truth is they had come from the same clay, and so are brothers.