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A picture showing the legend of MAWU-LISA taken from our African mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more African Gods, African Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Two-in-one Creator Gods of the Sun and Moon

A divine duality, MAWU-LISA comprises brother and sister Gods Mawu and Lisa. These holy twins must have been a real joy to their mother MINONA.

Mawu is the female half, a creative Goddess of the Moon. Lisa is the brotherly half, a hot Sun God of the daylight hours. Together they created the world and everything in it, for which we are very grateful.

MAWU-LISA's creative energies were so abundant that they started to worry about overloading the planet. So they asked the nice World Serpent DA to curl around the world and support it in case of accidents.

Between them, they produced an impressive brood of deities including DA, AGE, the Water God Twins, a Thunder God and GU. Where would we be without them?

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Article last updated on 13 May 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Area or people : Fon people of Benin and Togo
Location : Africa
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 769

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