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OMUMBOROMBONGA
Also known as OMUMBOROMBANGA

A picture showing the legend of OMUMBOROMBONGA 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!

The Primordial Tree of Life

This is the famous tree which gave birth to MUKURU, the first man, and his wife.

No, they weren't growing from the branches like strange fruit. That would be ridiculous. They actually emerged from root holes underneath. We're not sure how they got there, but Creator God NJAMBI probably put them there for safekeeping.

The first herd of cattle also came from the tree's root holes, but according to Herero legend, the lesser animals — and all the other tribes — had to be content with ordinary holes in the ground to crawl out of.

Omumborombonga trees are now quite common in Namibia. They are better known in English as Leadwood trees — because their wood is incredibly heavy. The Herero people still venerate them today.

So what happened to the original OMUMBOROMBONGA, the tree that gave birth to humankind? You need to go to the veldt Windhoek, north of the river Ugab. It was said to be still there in 1933, but firewood is scarce in these parts, so we can guarantee nothing.

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Article last updated on 19 May 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT OMUMBOROMBONGA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : OMUMBOROMBONGA
Area or people : Herero people of Namibia
Location : Africa
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Legendary Place
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : OMUMBOROMBANGA
Popularity index : 360

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