muluku makua (Malawi, Mozambique) The Supreme God and Creator, who made the Earth and created the first humans. According to myth, after he created Earth, Muluku dug two holes. A man emerged from one hole and a woman from the second. He gave them land and the tools they needed to live and instructed them in how to cultivate crops, care for the land, and use what the Earth gave them. However, instead of working the land, the people went into the forest to live off what they could find there. Muluku then summoned two monkeys and gave them the same tools and instructions. The monkeys followed his instructions and pleased him. He cut off the monkeys’ tails and attached them to the humans, saying that from that time on the humans would be monkeys, and the monkeys would be humans.

Taken from African Mythology A to Z – Library Binding – May 1, 2010- Second Edition – Written by Patricia Ann Lynch (Author), Jeremy Roberts Dr (Editor) – Copyright © 2004, 2010 by Patricia Ann Lynch