I am trying to find the story where the first born twin reaches back in and pulls his sibling out at birth. I believe it was a Greek myth, but it could have been from another culture.

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If it is indeed Greek, you may be referring to the birth Artemis (Diana for the Romans) and Apollo. Leto gave birth to Artemis, Artemis then helped her mother give birth to Apollo. Here is a quote from Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 21:

... Leto had relations with Zeus, for which she was hounded by Hera all over the earth. She finally reached Delos and gave birth to Artemis, who thereupon helped her deliver Apollon."

  • was it said that Artemis pulled Apollo out? (Rather than just assisting in the delivery, feet first if I remember)
    – BillyNair
    Commented Nov 14, 2022 at 15:15
  • @BillyNair I do not remember that specific detail, maybe it depends on how the source was telling the story? Commented Nov 14, 2022 at 15:22

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