First off, Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day I thought that a Daily Deity on the creation of our home planet/realm/whatever was a pretty good idea. I also figured that I should go for a more obscure creation story and while thinking of that, it brought to my mind one of my favorite creation stories.
The Golden Chain, as the myth is sometimes called, is from Nigeria. More specifically it is from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, whose stories and beliefs have traversed the world over due to the slave trade.
To the story at hand...
Before the Earth was made, the only place that possessed life was in the sky, where the Orishas (or gods) lived ruled over by the all powerful Olorun. Yet below the sky there was only water, no solid land.
One of the Orishas, Obatala, brought up the idea to his father, Olorun, of there being something below them. Something solid where more life could thrive. The chief god liked this idea and gave his son his approval for this endeavor.
Obatala proceeded to Or