“The brothers found the lowermost cave as dark as the world before the coming of the Sun, and the men and beings sadly bewailing their lot. When one moved it was but to jostle another, whose complaints wearied the ears of yet others; hence the brothers called a council of the priest-chiefs – even before the coming forth of men such lived – and they made a ladder of tall canes which they placed against the roof of the cavern.
“Up this rushed the children of the earth. Some, climbing out before of their own wills, found deliverance of the caves above and, wandering away became the ancestors of nations unknown to us; but our fathers followed in the footsteps of the older and younger brothers.
“Does not the cane grow jointed today, showing the notches which men traversed to daylight?
“In the second cave, all was still dark, but like starlight through cloud rifts, through the cleft above, showed the twilight. After a time the people murmured again, until the two brothers delivered them into the third world, where they found light like that of the early dawn. Again they grew discontented, and the brothers guided them into the open light of the Sun – which was the light of this world. But some remained behind, not escaping until afterward; and these were the fathers of the Western nations whom the ancients knew not.
“Then indeed for a time the people complained bitterly, for it was then that they first saw the light of the Sun-father, which, in its brilliance, smote them so that they fell grasping their eyeballs and moaning. But when they became used to the light they looked around in joy and wonderment; yet they saw that the earth seemed very small, for everywhere rolled about the great misty waters.
“The two brothers spread open the limbs of the Earth-mother, and cleft the western mountains with their shafts of lightning and the waters flowed down and away from the bosom of the Earth-mother, cutting great canyons and valleys which remain to this day. Thus was widened the land, yet the earth remained damp. Then they guided the people eastward.