Ethiopia's Suri tribe Chief Bolugedung told me the ancient story about how originally man had a direct connection to God. But the woman broke the link.
|Chief Bolugedung wears a baboon skin hat indicating he is one of the two major chiefs, Suri tribe, Omo region, Ethiopia.|
"Man and woman could climb the rope any time to visit with God. The only rule was man and woman could not bring anything with them when climbing the rope to visit God.
|Woman working flour on a grinding stone, Suri tribe, Omo region, Ethiopia, Africa the Birthplace of Modern Man.|
"So after that, the two persons had to stay here on the earth. They don't have a rope to climb up to God. From that time they have to only live here."
|My image of the Suri Fall of Man story. Suri (Surma tribe), Omo region, Ethiopia, Africa.|
So the remote Suri, in Africa, the Birthplace of Modern Man, say that the first man and woman had a direction connection to God. But they lost it. They disobeyed. And it was the woman's doing.
From everything I've learned, I conjecture this Suri story is older than the Fall of Man stories in the Bible.