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Tag Archives: African Gods – Goddesses

Da

Da In African mythology (Fon of Benin), serpent god, who symbolizes life and movement. Dako, chief of the Fon nation, murdered a sovereign prince who was on a friendly visit in honor of one of his festivals. This was a violation of the sacred law of hospitality. He then attacked Da, the king of Abomey, laid siege to his capital, …

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Njinyi

Njinyi (he who is everywhere) In African mythology (Bamum of Cameroon), creator god who allowed death to take human life. Njinyi created humans healthy and strong but discovered that in time they died. So he went to Death and asked him if he were responsible for killing people. Death said people really wanted to die, and he would prove it …

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Ataa Naa

Ataa Naa Nyongmo – Ga (Ghana) The Supreme God, who created the universe and everything in it and was associated with the sky. Ataa Naa Nyongmo was considered a nurturing god, an important quality for the deity of an agricultural society. He controlled the rain, the Sun’s light, and the growth of plants. If humans failed to perform rites properly …

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Asis

Asis (Asista) Kipsigis, Nandi (Kenya) The Supreme God, personified by the Sun. Working through the Sun, Asis created all of Earth’s creatures from air, earth, and water. Asis first created the Sun, Moon, sky, and Earth. Next he created the first four living beings: a human, the elephant, the snake, and the cow. Although distant, Asis was the force behind …

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Arebati

Arebati (Arebate, Baatsi, Tore) – Efe, Mbuti (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – In Efe and Mbuti mythology, the Supreme God and Creator, god of the sky and associated with the moon. The Efe and Mbuti are two of the 10 populations of Pygmies. Among some other Pygmy groups, Khonvoum is the Arebati 11 Supreme God and Creator, rather than …

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Ala – Earth Goddess

Ala (Ale, Ali) Igbo (Nigeria) The earth goddess and goddess of fertility; daughter of the Supreme God, Chuku. Although Chuku created human souls, he was a distant god. In contrast, Ala—considered the mother of the Igbo people—was close to humans. Everything came from her; she bore the Earth from her womb and took Earth’s people under her protection. As the …

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Akongo

Akongo – Ngombe (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – The Supreme God, who in the beginning had close relations with humans and served as their guardian and protector. However, people became increasingly quarrelsome. When the argument among humans became especially intense, Akongo left them and went to live in the forest. No one ever saw him again. Taken from African …

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Ajok

Ajok (Adyok, Naijok) Lotuko (Sudan) The Supreme God and Creator. Although Ajok was benevolent, humans had to make constant prayers and sacrifices to maintain his good nature. In a tale about the origin of death, a quarrel between a husband and wife led Ajok to make death permanent. The couple’s child had died, and the mother begged Ajok to bring …

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Agipie

Agipie Turkana (Kenya) A god with a dual nature, or two different aspects, each of which warred with the other. One aspect of Agipie was a benevolent sky god. His other aspect was a dangerous earth god who was associated with lightning and drowning. A thunderstorm occurred whenever the two gods hurled lightning bolts at one another as they fought. …

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Adroa Lugbara

Adroa Lugbara (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Uganda) The Supreme God and Creator, who—like many other African gods—had two aspects. He was, therefore, in effect two gods: Adroa and Adro. Adroa (or Adronga) was the sky god. Adroa was transcendent—lying beyond the limits of experience and knowledge—and remote from humanity. Adroa was thought of as onyiru, “good.” Adro was …

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