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Afterworld

Afterworld

The afterworld is the place where souls went after death. In many African traditions—as in cultures throughout the world—the home ...
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Akan Mythology

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Ala

Ala

Ala In African mythology (Ibo of Eastern Nigeria), daughter of Chuku (the great god), mother earth, goddess of the underworld, ...
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Ala

Ala

Ala The Queen of Life and Death Also known as: Ale Origin: Ibo (Nigeria) Ala is the daughter of Chi ...
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Amulets and talismans in African Mythology

Amulets and talismans in African Mythology

amulets and talismans Threatened by hunger, natural elements, beasts of prey, and unknown forces, Africans—like many other people around the ...
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Ancestors in African Mythology

Ancestors in African Mythology

ancestors In many traditions throughout Africa, ancestors are not truly dead in the final sense of the word. Although unseen, ...
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Animals in African Mythology

Animals in African Mythology

animals Animal tales in the African tradition amuse and entertain, provide explanations, and comment on human weaknesses and values. Animal ...
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Ants in African Mythology

Ants in African Mythology

The common ant, a tiny insect that lives in underground colonies and gathers food, is credited in North African myths ...
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Arab Mythology

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Vampires

Asiman

Asiman (Ass-AH-min) From the folklore of the Dahomey people of Africa comes the asiman, a living VAMPIRIC WITCH. She gained ...
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Bakuba Mythology

Bakuba Mythology

In the beginning, the great god Mbombo ruled over darkness and water. When his stomach began to throb and burn, ...
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Bambara Mythology

Bambara Mythology

There are several different versions of the Bambara creation account, each of which offers conflicting descriptions of the relationships among ...
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