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African Demon

Also known as MUKUNGA-M'BURA

A most bizarre Rainbow Monster

Can you believe a rainbow that turns predatory? The rampaging MUKUNGA-MBURA swallowed up a whole tribe — including livestock. Only one boy escaped from the pretty thing’s evil clutches. And no, his name wasn’t Dorothy.

When he was old enough, he set out to destroy the malignant rainbow. But when it came to the crunch, MUKUNGA-MBURA the Rainbow Demon turned out to be a complete cowardly-custard.

He held out a multicolored hand and begged the boy to pierce a finger. To his surprise — and ours — all the lost villagers toppled out of the hole, intact and very much alive.

There was much rejoicing, but when it was over the boy began to brood. There were deep moral questions to be answered. How far can you trust a rainbow? What was to stop MUKUNGA-MBURA doing it all over again?

Best not to take chances. The boy crept off and chopped the pathetically hued body into its component colors. He was delighted when all swallowed livestock poured out.

So that’s the end of that. The boy returned in triumph singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. Everyone lived happily ever after without ever missing the color indigo.


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : MUKUNGA-M'BURA
Area or people : Kikuyu people of Kenya
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : demon

In charge of : Unknown at present
God of :

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : BAD, best avoided
Popularity index : 9225

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Article last updated on 16 May 2011 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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