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Title: African Creation Myths


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African Creation Myths
Key terms Agadzagadza Amma Dogon people Fon or
Dahomey people gift-giving Kaikuzi Kintu Mugulu Na
mbi Ogo oral storytelling Pemba testing the
hero trickster figure Warumbe Yo
A Dogon Door
Add Marcel Griaule Ogotemmeli Nana Boluku
Delete Gift-giving Ogo Yo Oral storytelling
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Subsaharan Africa
Mali Amma (Dogon) Pemba (Bambara) Benin
(Dahomey) Nana Boluku (Fon) Uganda Kintu Mugulu
/Mukulu Nigeria Agadzagadza (Bura) For more
African deities, see http//fullmoon_deities.trip
od.com/african.html
3
Dogon of Mali
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Conversations with Ogotemmeli
An account of the complex metaphysical beliefs
and cosmology of the Dogon people of the upper
Volta region. French anthropologist Griaule spent
16 years with his African hosts before they
revealed their philosophy to him in these
"conversations," originally published in 1948 as
"Dieu d'Eau."
5
Amma
Egg-shaped creation god
6
Amma Creates the World
pottery analogy for creation of sun and moon and
earth Amma has intercourse with earth Birth of
two sets of twins Twins are taught speech as
function of organization The earth is clothed
with plants which are its speech. Ammas
struggle with Ogo, one of her creations Ogo
becomes Yuguru, the Pale Fox
7
Bambara of Mali
8
Bambara Creation
Yo gives birth to Faro, Pemba, and Teliko. Faro
creates seven heavens Pemba creates the
earth Teliko creates aquatic twins who parent
fishermen. These fishermen are the ancestors of
the human race.
9
Fon or Dahomey of Benin
Androgynous deity Nana Boluku Begins creation of
the universe Completed by twins Daughter Mawu
(the moon) and Son Lisa (the sun)
10
Ganda of Uganda
Kintu the first man Legendary King becomes
Creator Meets Nambi and her sister Daughters of
Mugulu, the sky god Brother Warumbe Kintu brings
domestic animals (cow)
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The Testing of Kintu
12
The Testing of Kintu
1st Test Survive without his cow 2nd Test Eat
an enormous meal 3rd Test Make fire from
stones 4th Test Fetch a bucket of dew 5th
Test Find his Cow in a herd
13
Nambi and Warumbe
Warumbe Son of Mugulu Steals (kills) son of
Kintu and Nambi Aetiology of DISEASE and
DEATH Contest with brother Kaikuzi (The
Digger) Note human weakness as cause of death
Nambi Daughter of Mugulu Becomes wife of Kintu
14
Bura of Nigeria
15
Agadzagadza
Aetiology of death Lizard as Trickster Contest
with Worm
Human nature as lazy
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African Creation Myths
Key terms Agadzagadza Amma Dogon people Fon or
Dahomey people gift-giving Kaikuzi Kintu Mugulu Na
mbi Ogo oral storytelling Pemba testing the
hero trickster figure Warumbe Yo
A Dogon Door
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