The Gods and Spirits of Africa


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Picture of the African Creator God KALUMBA from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Creator God

Creator God of Roadwork and Highway Closures

It was his bright idea to construct a road connecting Heaven to Earth. What a wonderful thought. After much hard labor, the Heavenly Highway was declared open. But to avoid gatecrashers and tourists, he placed a dog and a goat on guard duty.

Death and Life were both straining at the leash to try their powers on the newly formed Earth. ‘Let Life through — turn Death back’ were KALUMBA’s simple instructions.

Time passed. The dog got bored and wandered off. All was quiet. Then a group of servants came along carrying laundry. Bored out of his mind, Goat let these humble minions pass. What he didn’t know was that Death had disguised himself as a pile of dirty washing and was now being ferried to Earth.

When Life strolled down the road, a now suspicious Goat jumped on her, and didn’t realize his mistake until Dog returned. KALUMBA was not pleased as he couldn’t recall Death, so he took Life back into Heaven to be patched up, kicked both Dog and Goat in the ass, sent them off to Earth and promptly closed the road.


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Area or people : Lumba people of Zaire
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Creating
God of : Creation

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Popularity index : 14493

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Article last updated on 17 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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