African / Egyptian Origin Stories Summary

The African Continent is our birth place, and oldest known homeland. In Africa the earliest humans first began worshiping spirit deities (between 7,000,000-100,000 BC). Early tribes were all hunters and gatherers, until domesticated animals and agriculture sometime after the Ice Ages (10,000 BC). It is the largest continent, with 5 major regions, and 54 countries. The earliest African written records come from Egypt in North Africa (3,300 BC). Bantu languages spread from West-Central Africa to Swahili East-South Africa (1000 BC – 500 AD). In South Africa the San tribe lived there before the Zulu. West Africa had the Akan, Edo, Yoruba and Igbo tribes. According to statistics, Abrahamic religions dominate modern Africa; yet an indigenous religious foundation remains, passed down orally for generations, to be practiced today, and forever. Tribal African mythologies are an eternal human heritage.

 

Egyptian, North Africa

Tomb hieroglyphics, images, and writings (2780–2250 BC) tell of many creator gods and various legends. The World of Egypt was created in diverse ways according to different areas. The World emerged from an infinite, lifeless Sea when the Sun rose for the first time. Different myths attributed the creation to different gods: the primordial Ogdoad Eight, the self-engendered God Atum, his offspring the contemplative Ptah, and the mysterious, transcendent God Amun.

Egyptian history begins with the first man (Phoroneus) and woman (Niobe), and after the Deluge with Deucalion and Pyrrha.

Niger River Bantu, Ivory Coast Akan, West Africa

The terracotta Nok culture (1000 BC – 200 AD), evolved into Yoruba. Olorun created human destiny (Ayanmo), and physical reality (Aye). Humans pray to their connected spirits (Ori-Orun-Inu), and reincarnate, to eventually return to Olorun’s Spirit Realm (Orun-Rere). Those who lose their way are in the ethereal Realm of Broken Pottery-Shards (Orun-Apadi). Akan traditions stress living in harmony with the Universe. Universal Harmony can be preserved by maintaining proper relationships with all beings in daily life. Akan pantheism includes a creator deity (Nyame), local spirits (abosom), and ancestor spirits (samanfo). Akan prefer to pray using fetishes (suman) to the lesser deity spirits, regarding luck. Human souls have three aspects: immortality, personality, and matrilineage.

 

Kuba (Bushongo) of Congo Zaire, Central Africa

Mother Earth and her husband, Heaven, were created by the creator deity, Mbomba. The couple used to live together, but after a terrible fight Heaven left Earth and they have been apart ever since. Goddess of Lightning caused trouble on Earth, so she was sent back to the Sky. She occasionally returns to bring fire to the Earth.

 

Kenya, East Africa

The god of the Akamba people is the Strong Lord. He is a merciful King of spirits. Strong Lord helps humans occasionally with consolation and sustenance. But he is also a god of judgment and vengeance. Distributor Asa Mwatuangi. Creator Mulungu. Fashioner Mumbi.

 

Zulu, South Africa

Zulu religion has many deities associated with animals or natural phenomena. Unkulunkulu (Greatest One) is the Creator God of humanity. He was created in the reeds of Swamp World Uhlanga, before he came to Earth. Sky Father Umvelinqangi (First One) is god of thunder and earthquakes. River-Snake Goddess Mamlambo is deadly. Nomkhumbulwane is goddess of rainbows, agriculture, rains, and ale.

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