The god of the Efik, Abassi was instructed by his wife Atai to allow a human couple to settle on the Earth, but to forbid them to procreate or work for fear that they might excel Abassi in wisdom. For some time the humans observed this rule, but eventually they began to work and have children, for which Atai slew the man and his wife, and caused strife and discord between their children.
A*bas"si (#), A*bas"sis (#), n. [Ar.& Per. abasi, belonging to Abas (a king of Persia).]
A silver coin of Persia, worth about twenty cents.
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