Man from the earth

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Man from the earth is a trope from mythology where humans beings, men especially, are molded from the dirt, clay, dust, etc. of the earth. The earliest occurrence of this in mythology that I'm aware of is in the Epic of Gilgamesh.


This is not an exhaustive list, but rather the more important mythologies that incorporate this trope.

Time Work Culture Quote
c. 2100 BCE Epic of Gilgamesh Babylonian "[The goddess] Aruru conceived a man of Anu in her mind. Aruru washed her hands, she broke off a piece of clay; she cast it on the ground. Thus she created Enkidu the hero." - Tablet I
c. 500 BCE Book of Genesis Hebrew "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." - 2:7 KJV.