Tag Archives: African God

Gu

Also known as: Gun In the Fon pantheon of deities (known as the Vodun), the fifth-born son of the Creator, Mawu-Lisa. Gu was the god of iron, war, weapons, and tools. He had no head. Instead, a great sword grew out of his neck. Mawu-Lisa told Gu that he was her strength, which was why he did not need a ...

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Igbo pantheon

Igbo (Nigeria). Like some other African peoples, the Igbo have a pantheon of gods and goddesses ranked according to importance and function. The head of the pantheon is Chuku, the Supreme God. Other high gods in the pantheon are Anyanu, the Sun; Igwe, the sky; Amadi-Oha, the lightning; and Ala (Chuku’s daughter), the earth goddess and mother of the Igbo ...

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Nyankopon – Aspect of the Triple God Nyame

Also known as: Onyankopon Ashanti (Ghana). One aspect of the triple god Nyame. (The third aspect was Odomankoma.) Nyame represented the natural universe; Nyankopon, its kra, or life-giving power; and Odomankoma, the creative force that made the visible world. Not all Akan-speaking people make these distinctions among the three names of the deity. Those who distinguish between Nyame and Nyankopon ...

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Olorun – Supreme God and head of the Yoruba

Olorun is the Supreme God and head of the Yoruba pantheon of deities (known as the Orisa). Olorun was also known as Olodumare (Owner of Endless Space).

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Sotho Pantheon

Sotho (Lesotho, South Africa). As is true of many African cultures, the Sotho had a pantheon of deities, each of which had a specific responsibility. The Supreme God, Creator, and head of the pantheon is Modimo, a god with dual aspects. Modimo was viewed as both father and mother of humanity, as being in the sky and also in the ...

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orisa

Also known as: Orisha; Yoruba pantheon Yoruba (Nigeria). The name for the pantheon—the term for all the gods of a particular people taken together—of the Yoruba, as well as for the members of the pantheon themselves. The Yoruba have an elaborate hierarchy of deities, each with his or her own attributes, duties, and functions. At the top of the pantheon ...

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Orisa-nla

Also known as: Orisanla; Orishanla From: African Mythology A to Z, Mythology A to Z. Yoruba (Nigeria). The first god, who existed before the gods and goddesses of the Yoruba pantheon (known as the Orisa) came into being. In the beginning, there was just formless space in which Orisa-nla lived with his slave, Atunda. One day, while Orisa-nla worked in ...

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Da Zodji

Fon (Benin). In the Fon pantheon of deities (known as Vodun), the firstborn son of the Creator, Mawu-Lisa. Da Zodji was chief of the Earth Pantheon, one of the four pantheons into which the great gods of the Fon are divided. He was the great serpent power, and he assisted in the ordering of the universe. Da Zodji had a ...

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Pemba

Bambara, Mande (Mali). Pemba is in the Bambara creation account, the male half of a primordial pair of twins. Pemba and his sister, Musokoroni, descended to Earth on an umbilical cord and began to live reckless lives. In one account, the Supreme God sent a Flood to cleanse the Earth, and Musokoroni died in the flood. In another account, Musokoroni ...

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Zimu

Zimu Ndebele (South Africa). The Supreme God, who sent a Chameleon and a Lizard to humans with messages of life and death. The chameleon carried the message that people would die but would rise again. However, it moved so slowly that the lizard quickly overtook it. The lizard told humans that when they died, they would not rise again. When ...

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