African Creation Stories
Dogon people of Mali
Dahomey people of Benin
Ganda people of Uganda
Dogon Creation Story
• The Dogon people are from Mali which is
in West Africa.
• Two sets of male and female twins known as the
• Yurugu, one of the male twins, did not wait for
God (AMMA) to give birth to him, and he fell
through space with a part of his placenta.
• His placenta becomes the Earth.
• Yurugu had relations with his placenta in an
attempt to create things like Amma but this failed
causing the world to be like a desert.
• Yurugu’s offspring are not born as twins but as
single individuals who have all sorts of problems
• After Yurugu goes back up to the sky to try
(unsuccessfully) to retrieve the other part of his
placenta, the other twins came down to earth
and created a number of things that came in
pairs, fours, or groups of eight.
• These things included four male ancestors, two
blacksmiths, and the sky and the stars.
• They also made light and water, and brought the
eight seeds which are the source of all human
• The other twins did not fall to Earth like
Yurugu, but descended on an arc. The
things created by Yurugu are bad, and
those by the other Nommo are good.
• There is a constant battle between the
• Yurugu and his descendents are in a
constant state of revolt.
Dahomey Creation Story
• The Dahomey are also know as the Fon
Fon Creation Story
• Lead god is known as Nana Bukulu
• Nana Bukulu was a hermaphrodite.
• Nana gave birth to Mawu (moon) and Lisa
• Mawu and Lisa are worshipped as a
• Mawu and Lisa gave birth to Gu
More about Gu
• Gu is the god of iron.
• He comes to earth in the form of a sword
and turns into a forge.
• Gu’s responsibility is to teach humans how
to make tools. Humans then can make
I also found this.
In the beginning there was nothing but Nzame. This
god is really three: Nzame, Mebere, and Nkwa. It was
the Nzame part of the god that created the universe