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Are there any monkey gods in Africa?

Thoth is a major god of Egypt who is sometimes depicted as a dog-faced baboon. This is a form of Thoth known as A'an, God of Equilibrium. (Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians Vol. 1 p. 403) You can ...
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Why do Ethiopians play gena on Christmas?

What are the origins of the Ethiopian Christmas day game of Gena? It is Ethiopian tradition that the country was converted to Christianity during the time of the Apostles. We see in Acts 8: 26-40 ...
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what Monsters exist in African mythology?

There is a category on Wikipedia dedicated to this subject, and Mental Floss has a list of 11 rather interesting creatures of African mythology: Grootslang Grootslang is an Afrikaans word meaning &...
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What is the significance of the number of orishas?

There is some information here about why the number 400 is sacred (and the "plus one" probably indicates it being innumerable, i.e. a multitude and one more): Number of Orishas This only ...
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How were the Orishas born?

It looks like it depends. I listed a few examples below. At least a number of them are primordial deities. Orunmila, for example, was present at the beginning of creation. The primordial Orishas "...
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Why did Unkulunkulu send the lizard after the chameleon?

Variations of this story appear to be very common in Africa and according to African Mythology A to Z no reason is usually given for the second messenger: A common theme in many stories about the ...
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Myths on God committing suicide

Directly from Wikipedia on Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec winged serpent and creator god: In the Codex Chimalpopoca, it is said Quetzalcoatl was coerced by Tezcatlipoca into becoming drunk on pulque, ...
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Are there any myths concerning Punic/Carthaginian deities?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Punic and indeed most Phoenician sources did not survive. The extant corpus is mostly inscriptions, typically shorter religious formulations, and consequently the ...
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Are there any monkey gods in Africa?

The Baule people of the Ivory Coast worshipped the monkey god named Ghekre (aka Gbekre), who is a god of judgment (of the souls of the dead I believe). There is also the Yoruba monkey god, Ellegba (...
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