African mythologyA webquest for Hyde Park HighSchool mythology students
TRIBESHundreds of TribesEach has its ownpantheonThere are 193 godswith 122 namevariations.
Dahomy tribe – DanEncircles the universeSupporting the worldon its coilsAshanti tribe – AidophedoEncircles the worldbiting...
BumbaFollow the link and readabout the creation mythinvolving Bumba.
OlorunFollow this link to readabout the Yoruba tribe’screation mythFind out about Oshiras
Mawu-LisaHere is the Dahomycreation myth of the twinsManwu-LisaVisit theMyth Encyclopedia linkand read the part abouttwins...
ShangoGod of thunder,drums, and dance- Yoruba tribeRead about Shango.
A.K.A. NyameCreatorSupreme god ofThe Ashanti tribe.And lots of othersunderLots of names.
AncestorsAncestors have powerover matters that concernthe society. Through themask the ancestor isbelieved to inhabit thew...
The Elephant –Kamba tribeA very poor man heard of lvonya-Ngia, Hethat feeds the Poor. He decided to go andfind Ivonya-Ngia...
The Elephant (Continued)After some weeks, the canine teeth began to grow and when they hadgrown into tusks as long as his ...
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  • Different tribes, different gods
  • Nyame retreats to the sky because people make too much noise. The people try to build a ladder to him but tumble down – Tower of Babel.
  • A very poor man heard of lvonya-Ngia, 'He that feeds the Poor'. He decided to go and find Ivonya-Ngia but it was a long journey. When he finally arrived, he saw uncounted cattle and sheep, and there, amidst green pastures, was the mansion of Ivonya-Ngia, who received the poor man kindly, perceived his need and ordered his men to give him a hundred sheep and a hundred cows. 'No', said the poor man, 'I want no charity, I want the secret of how to become rich.' Ivonya-Ngia reflected for a while, then took a flask of ointment and gave it to the poor man, saying: 'Rub this on your wife's pointed teeth in her upper jaw, wait until they have grown, then sell them.' The poor man carried out the strange instructions, promising his wife that they would become very rich. After some weeks, the canine teeth began to grow and when they had grown into tusks as long as his arm the man persuaded his wife to let him pull them out. He took them to the market and sold them for a flock of goats. After a few weeks the wife's canine teeth had grown again, becoming even longer than the previous pair, but she would not let her husband touch them. Not only her teeth, but her whole body became bigger and heavier, her skin thick and grey. At last she burst out of the door and walked into the forest, where she lived from then on. She gave birth to her son there, who was also an elephant. From time to time her husband visited her in the forest, but she would not be persuaded to come back, although she did have more healthy children, all elephants. It was the origin of elephants and it explains why elephants are as intelligent as people.
  • African Mythology Web Quest

    1. 1. African mythologyA webquest for Hyde Park HighSchool mythology students
    2. 2. TRIBESHundreds of TribesEach has its ownpantheonThere are 193 godswith 122 namevariations.
    3. 3. Dahomy tribe – DanEncircles the universeSupporting the worldon its coilsAshanti tribe – AidophedoEncircles the worldbiting his own tail(like Jormangander)World Serpent
    4. 4. BumbaFollow the link and readabout the creation mythinvolving Bumba.
    5. 5. OlorunFollow this link to readabout the Yoruba tribe’screation mythFind out about Oshiras
    6. 6. Mawu-LisaHere is the Dahomycreation myth of the twinsManwu-LisaVisit theMyth Encyclopedia linkand read the part abouttwins in African mythology
    7. 7. ShangoGod of thunder,drums, and dance- Yoruba tribeRead about Shango.
    8. 8. A.K.A. NyameCreatorSupreme god ofThe Ashanti tribe.And lots of othersunderLots of names.
    9. 9. AncestorsAncestors have powerover matters that concernthe society. Through themask the ancestor isbelieved to inhabit theworshipper Take a look atsome masks and find outmore.
    10. 10. The Elephant –Kamba tribeA very poor man heard of lvonya-Ngia, Hethat feeds the Poor. He decided to go andfind Ivonya-Ngia but it was a long journey.When he finally arrived, he sawuncounted cattle and sheep, and there,amidst green pastures, was the mansionof Ivonya-Ngia, who received the poorman kindly, perceived his need andordered his men to give him a hundredsheep and a hundred cows. No, said thepoor man, I want no charity, I want thesecret of how to become rich. Ivonya-Ngia reflected for a while, then took aflask of ointment and gave it to the poorman, saying: Rub this on your wifespointed teeth in her upper jaw, wait untilthey have grown, then sell them. Thepoor man carried out the strangeinstructions, promising his wife that theywould become very rich.
    11. 11. The Elephant (Continued)After some weeks, the canine teeth began to grow and when they hadgrown into tusks as long as his arm the man persuaded his wife to lethim pull them out. He took them to the market and sold them for aflock of goats. After a few weeks the wifes canine teeth had grownagain, becoming even longer than the previous pair, but she would notlet her husband touch them.Not only her teeth, but her whole body became bigger and heavier,her skin thick and grey. At last she burst out of the door and walkedinto the forest, where she lived from then on. She gave birth to her sonthere, who was also an elephant.From time to time her husband visited her in the forest, but she wouldnot be persuaded to come back, although she did have more healthychildren, all elephants. It was the origin of elephants and it explainswhy elephants are as intelligent as people.
    12. 12. Listen to storytellersAnansi and the Pot of Beans How the zebra got his stripesREAD MORE

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