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8 Interesting African Creation Myths The World Should Know About


The Yoruba of Nigeria

In the beginning, all that existed were the water, land and sky, which was ruled by Olorun. Another god named Obatala went to Olorun to ask if he could create land for living things to exist. When he was granted permission, Olorun visited Orunmila, Olorun’s first son, to consult with him about his wish. In response, Orunmila told him that he must obtain a gold chain, a snail’s shell filled with sand, palm nuts, corn and a special egg that encompassed the essence of both the men and women orishas. Obatala hung the long gold chain from the sky and climbed down to earth, only to find that he could only go so far due to the chain’s length. When he reached back to pour the sand from the snail’s shell to form dry land, he dropped the special egg and released Sankofa. When he reached the earth, Obatala spread the sand and planted the pine nuts. He even founded a hill and called it Ife. After a while, he decided to fashion human beings to keep him company because his task was quite lonely. He founded the city of Ife, and the gods and goddesses visited him and his creations on earth frequently.

The Boshongo

 of the Congo River

The Boshongo tell the story of a creator named Bumba. He made the skies, the sun and the moon. He also created the African Cosmogony before he created human beings. The beings of the African Cosmogony all created one another. In addition, the beings of the African Cosmogony are not deemed more important than the human being that came after them. Bumba’s three sons followed in his footsteps to complete the creation process. This story further embraces and supports the Bushongo’s importance of communalism nature. This creation myth communicates the necessity of unity for the sake of the community as well as the earth.

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7 thoughts on “8 Interesting African Creation Myths The World Should Know About

  1. How is the creation story of the Dogon not listed?

  2. Malia Simone says:

    All of these creation stories are the diluted versions of the Judeo-Christian bible. Im just confused how they got major details wrong. I honestly feel like they were mislead by visitations of the extra-terrestrials.

  3. all of these creation stories existed BEFORE that garbage religion u just spoke about. African people were the first to realise the divinity and godhood of the black woman and man.

  4. Malia Simone says:

    Gregg Herbert Those "divine" gods and godessess they spoke about in their creation stories were not gods at all. They were ET's.

  5. Raven Venus says:

    Gregg Herbert Say it again with meaning Brother! Ashe

  6. Raven Venus says:

    Malia Simone As long as we stop believing in the lie of a white Jeezus coming to save us its alll good.

  7. James Lark says:

    Instead of dogging someone for what version they believe, why can’t we all get along and realize that these accounts of true history span the globe. More or less, they all say the same things. Whether or not it’s a lesson for how to live written by man into a true story, or it is all true fact just said in many different languages and described by people of many different world views and customs, the fact is they all speak of a time of great destruction at the behest of these gods, and the fact that they keep coming back and teaching and keeping tabs on us. I forget where I read this, but it’s said in some old text that even these gods believe there is a bigger god. Something we ARE indeed all connected to according to them. What happens or where do we go when we die? I can’t tell you. But what I do know is that civilizations passed, all across the planet, they definitely knew something. The world controllers (the ones who only care about the now and greed and the fact that they’ll either already be dead or will be rich enough to build say *a ship* cough cough ARK!) of today have worked very hard for centuries to prevent the general population from figuring the real truth out by history rewrites, taking religion and not only muddying it but also using it as a way to control populations and sections of populations, destroying education systems and outright dumbing down and pacifying everyone through pharmaceuticals and social issue BS and celebrity drama (the list goes on.) Just look, we are all people and no one is perfect. We’re better together than divided. Peace and love

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