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Adam and Eve are the first ancestors in the shared creation stories of Jews, Christians and Muslims. Spreading out from the Middle East the three religions took their own versions around the world, via rabbis, priests, imams, colonialists, missionaries, migrants and modern media. Popular stories about Adam and Eve, which don't appear in the Bible, lived on through oral story-telling. Where was Paradise located? Did Adam have a beard? Was he circumcised? Did Adam and Eve have a navel? Did they have sex in the Garden of Eden? How did Satan get into Paradise? The how and why of creation, Paradise, the snake and the Fall has inspired story-tellers and artists from every corner of the earth. Mineke Schipper has written an intriguing book about the stories and images of the three religions, often unknown, for contemporary believers and non-believers, for all curious descendants of Adam and Eve.
Where did the first people come from? Were they thrown out of heaven – or did they crawl up out of the earth? Did God make them because he was lonely? Were we made out of nothing? Or from gods’ sweat, seed or tears, or possibly from silver, gold, stone or clay? There was no one around to take notes but stories tell us what really happened. Those stories also explain why there are men and women. All cultures answer universal questions about the beginnings of mankind – in orthodox, unorthodox often hilarious genesis stories. For the first time these answers are collected together in a unique book, profound fears can be read between the lines. And the echoes of old myths resonate in today’s human interactions.
‘Immediately obvious is Schipper’s wanderlust, passion for collecting, enthusiasm, hard work and meticulousness. The way she analyses, interprets, puts together and links her rich collection of stories from across the world, makes you feel you are wandering through a wonderful museum.’ NRC Handelsblad
Mineke Schipper © 2015