The I'hin Race

In the beginning God created the heavens of the earth; and the Lord made man upright. Man was naked and not ashamed; neither did he know the sin of incest, but dwelt like the beasts of the field.

And the Lord brought the angels of heaven to man; by his side they took on forms like man, having all the organs and attributes of mortals, for it was the time of the earth for such things to be.

So it came to pass that a new race was born on the earth, and these were called I‘hins, because they were begotten194 of both heaven and earth. Consequently it became a saying: The earth conceived of the Lord.195

And the name of the first race was ASU, because they were of the earth only; and the name of the second race was I‘HIN, because they were capable of being taught spiritual things.

The Lord said: Of all that live on the face of the earth, or in its waters, or in the air above, that breathes the breath of life, I have delivered only man to knowledge of his Creator.

And the Lord spoke to the I‘hin through his angels, saying: Go hide your nakedness, for it is the commandment of God.

The I‘hins were afraid, and they clothed themselves, and were no longer naked before the Lord.

Then the Lord commanded the angels to give up their forms, and to no longer be seen as mortals.196 And it was done. And the Lord said to them: Because you brought forth life, which is in flesh and blood, you shall minister to man for six generations on the face of the earth. And it was so.

And so that man may continue to walk upright, you shall teach him the law of incest, for man on his own cannot attain to know this.

Nor shall you permit the I‘hins to dwell with Asu, lest his seed go down in darkness.

And man was thus inspired of the Lord, and he walked upright, and prospered on the earth.

But after a season man became conceited in his own judgment, and he disobeyed the commandments of God.

And he strayed out of the garden of paradise and began to dwell with the asu‘ans, and there was born into the world a new race called DRUK, and they did not have the light of the Father in them; neither could they be inspired with shame, nor with heavenly things.

But the I‘hins were grateful to the Lord, and they gave sacrifice in burnt offerings. And they said to the Druks: Go sacrifice to the Lord, and he will prosper you. But the Druks did not understand; and they fell upon the Lord‘s chosen, and slew them, right and left, taking their possessions.

And the Lord said to the Druks: Because you have slain your brethren you shall depart out of the place of God; and so that you may be known to the ends of the earth I put my mark upon you.

And the mark of the Lord put upon the Druks was the shadow of blood, which, being interpreted, is WAR.197

And the Lord God said: By this sign, the tribes of Druk and their descendants shall be known to the end of the world.

And woman, being more helpless than man, cried out with fear, saying: O Lord, how shall I bring forth to you, and not to the sons of death?

And the Lord said: Because you have brought forth in pain, and yet called on my name, behold, I will be as a shield and protector to you. For I will also put a mark upon the I‘hins, my chosen, so you shall know them when they come to you.

And the Lord commanded the male I‘hins, old and young, to be circumcised, so that woman would not be deceived by the Druks. And the I‘hins circumcised their males, old and young; for it was the testimony of the Lord to woman that seed of their seed was born to everlasting life.

And the Druks went away into the wilderness, and dwelt with the asu‘ans and with one another.

God said: I will make a boundary line between the tribes of Druks and the I‘hins; and this is the line that I the Lord God make between them:

The I‘hins shall labor and clothe themselves, and I will remain with them; but the Druks shall wander in the wilderness, neither laboring nor clothing themselves.

And it was so.