African mythology


Picture of the African Ancestral Spirits Badimo from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Tswana Ancestral Spirits

Also known as BA-DIMO

Ancestral spirits of the Tswana people

These are the ghosts of deceased relatives and long-dead heroes. They act as agents for the Great God MODIMO, and hang around the place keeping watch to ensure no taboos are violated. You can tell if they’re getting agitated as they make very strange clicking noises.

Only shamans, prophets and small children can speak the names of BADIMO and MODIMO. Any other utterer will end up as a child in an adult’s body. Shhhh! No name-dropping.

Badimo Facts and Figures

Name: Badimo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: BA-DIMO

Gender: Both male and female
Type: spiritual being
Area or people: Tswana peoples of Botswana and South Africa
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Ancestors and Ancestral Spirits
Area of expertise: Ancestors

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Article last updated on 30 November 2017 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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