The Gods and Spirits of Africa


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Picture of the African Rain God LEZA from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Rain God

Also known as LELA

Tired old Weather God

In ages past he gave instructions to a certain Honeybird. "Now look, I have an important task for you. I want you to take these three calabashes to Earth for me. These two contain seeds to distribute wherever you wish, but this third one must remain sealed until I come down and attend to it."

You can guess what happened, can’t you? Is a bird-brain not going to take a peek? It’s PANDORA all over again isn’t it? Disaster, chaos and misfortune all over. LEZA sighed. There was no way he was going down to clear that mess up.

Now he spends all his time in Heaven spring-cleaning and rumbling around which causes thunder. When he gazes downwards with his rheumy old eyes it causes rainfall.


Name : LEZA
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : LELA
Area or people : Various tribes including Kaonde, Baila and Tonga, South Africa
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Rain
God of : Rain

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Popularity index : 17719

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Article last updated on 15 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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