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Aruan wore a large bell on his chest. He told his servants that if he lost, he would ring the bell. He instructed them to throw his wives, slaves, and all of his possessions into the lake at the sound of the bell. Unfortunately, as Aruan entered Esigie’s city, the bell fell off and rang loudly against the ground. Before Aruan could return to stop them, his servants carried out his orders. Aruan cursed the lake and threw himself into it. The myth says that every five days he emerged from the lake and wandered around moaning in anguish over the loss of all he had.

Jealous of Pemba’s growing power, Musokoroni See Chwezi. pantheon See Lubaale. Bakuba creation account Bakuba (Demo- cratic Republic of the Congo) In the beginning, the great god Mbombo ruled over darkness and water. When his stomach began to throb and burn, he vomited up the Sun, the Moon and the stars, which produced light. The heat from the Sun made the water evaporate, creating clouds above and drying the land below it. Mbombo vomited up trees and plants for the land and lightning to create fire.

In some cultures, birds were revered for various powers they were supposed to have. In West Africa, ibis were revered for their supposed oracular powers— their ability to predict future events. In the Kono creation account, there was no light in the world until a man named Sa gave birds the ability to sing. Their voices called light into the world. In the Shangaan creation account, a bird was responsible for the origin of humans. N’wari, the bird god, laid an egg in a reed. The first human hatched from this egg.

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