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Creek-Natchez Flood Myth
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Creek-Natchez flood myth
The dog warned his master to build a raft because all things were about to be destroyed by a flood. The waters rose, lifting man and dog above the clouds into a wonderful land of trees. The dog told the man that the only way he could ever return to his homeland was if he, the dog, were thrown into the water. The man was loyal to his friend and was reluctant to do this. The dog also told the man not to leave the raft for seven days after the waters had subsided. With pain in his heart, the man threw the dog overboard.
As the dog had predicted, the waters did subside and the man waited seven days as he was instructed. At the end of the seven days, multitudes of people approached the raft, some wet and dressed in rags, and others were dressed in finery. When they arrived at the raft it was clear that they were not humans, but spirits of the many killed in the flood.
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