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According to a Yoruba creation myth, the deities (gods) originally lived in the sky with only water below them. Olorun, the Sky God, gave to Orishanla, the God of Whiteness, a chain, a bit of earth in a snail shell, and a five-toed chicken. He told Orishanla to go down and create the earth. Orishanla approached the gate of heaven. He saw some deities having a party and he stopped to greet them. They offered him palm wine and he drank too much and fell asleep. Oduduwa, his younger brother, saw Orishanla sleeping. He took the materials and went to the edge of heaven, accompanied by Chameleon. He let down the chain and they climbed down it. Oduduwa threw the piece of earth on the water and placed the five-toed chicken upon it. The chicken began to scratch the earth, spreading it in all directions. After Chameleon had tested the firmness of the earth, Oduduwa stepped down. A sacred grove is there today.