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SPITTLE AND SPITTING: An entry from Macmillan Reference USA's Encyclopedia of Religion [HTML] [Digital]

Annmari Ronnberg

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In early myths, life created by spitting is equivalent to the breath of the creator or the divine word. In one version of an Egyptian creation myth, the primeval god Atum spits out his children Shu and Tefnut. Shu was the god of air (e.g., breath), Tefnut was the goddess of moisture (e.g., spittle), and the mouth was their place of birth. In Norse mythology a being called Kvasir was formed from the spittle of the gods....

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