Faran In African mythology (Songhai of the upper Niger), hero who fought the water spirit Zin-Kibaru. Each night Zin-Kibaru would play his guitar, enticing fish to eat the rice that grew in Faran’s pond. Faran was angered, and the two decided to fight. During the battle each one cast a spell on the other, but Faran’s spell was stronger. Zin-Kibaru lost, leaving all of his magical instruments and spirit followers to Faran.

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