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NYANKOPON

Picture of the African Supreme God NYANKOPON from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

African Supreme God

Also known as ONYANKOPON

Battered and irritated Sky God

He’s another supreme deity driven further up the Heavenly Ladder due to pesky human behavior.

This time the culprit was an old woman pounding yams with a long pole. (Haven’t we heard this before somewhere?) The pole flew up out of control towards the holy anatomy. Thud!

Ouch! NYANKOPON wasn’t going to suffer indignities like that. So he ascended to Heaven in a huff.

The humans were terribly upset and tried to build a ladder to Heaven to find him. This was quite dangerous as the ladder was made of yam poles and quite rickety. But they persevered until they were just one yam pole short. "Take one from the bottom", NYANKOPON advised. They did of course. Crash!

When they hit the ground they became quite dead. Very peaceful and quiet. Silence. Bliss. NYANKOPON found them quite tolerable in this state. That’s why only the dead can get to Heaven — they’re much quieter and don’t disturb the peace.

NYANKOPON FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : NYANKOPON
Area or people : Asante people of Ghana
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Everything
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ONYANKOPON
Popularity index : 4098

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Article last updated on 23 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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