AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

NAITERU-KOP

African Creator Deity

Also known as NEITEROGOB, NEITERKOB, NEITERNKOB, NATERO-KOP

A Creator God who may be an Earth Goddess

That is, assuming he isn’t totally mortal and male. Just to cause confusion. See what you think:

According to Maasai tradition, NAITERU-KOP is a mortal — the divinely-inspired founder of their tribe. He was summoned by ENGAI to the top of the Oldonyo Le Ngai mountain, given a wife and cattle, and told to get populating.

Which is all fine and good — except some sources claim that the first human is called Leeyio and NAITERU-KOP is actually the Creator God himself. Or even Goddess. Or even their son.

As Naiteru-Kop means ‘The Beginner of the Earth’, there is an element of plausibility. Is NAITERU-KOP simply a fancy title for ENGAI, the Creator of the Earth? As for gender, the Maasai people believe that God is sexless, neither male nor female. Did some early missionary get their wires severely crossed and think ‘The Beginner of the Earth’ was an Earth Mother Goddess?

Stranger things have happened — and the first missionaries to Africa have not proved the most reliable of sources when it comes to ‘heathen’ deities. Perhaps one of the Maasai people can sort out this mythological muddle for us, as we are utterly bewildered.

NAITERU-KOP FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : NAITERU-KOP
Area or people : Maasai (aka Masai), Kenya and Tanzania
Location : Africa
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : deity
In charge of : Creating
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : NEITEROGOB, NEITERKOB, NEITERNKOB, NATERO-KOP
Popularity index : 4343
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Article last updated on 22 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Naiteru-kop: African Deity of Creation (African mythology) ." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 September 2014.

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