The Gods and Spirits of Africa


African Creator God


Creator God on stilts

He is known as The One On High. Probably because his Heavenly abode perches on top of a magnificent set of giant pillars.

He created everything in six days and on the seventh he rested. But he didn’t register for copyright, and more worldlywise Gods have since taken the credit.

WELE originally designed the Sun and Moon as twins. But he had to split them up and keep them apart because they wouldn’t stop fighting. He then created Mwambu, the first man, so that the celestial lights would have someone to shine on.

Mwambu and his wife Sela built themselves a house on stilts. This was probably in imitation of WELE’s rather more expensive and upmarket Heaven. Never mind keeping up with the neighbors — try keeping up with the Gods. Houses on stilts are still popular in Kenya today — if nothing else, stilts make it harder for critters and baddies to get in.

WELE’s finishing touches included rainbows, weather and fairy lights. On the eighth day he rested again. And then again and again. He is still on holiday.


Name : WELE
Area or people : Abaluyia tribe of Kenya
Location : Africa
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Creating
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GREAT, really beneficial
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : KHAKHABAISAYWA
Popularity index : 4113
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Article last updated on 21 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. "WELE: God of Creation from African mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 August 2014.

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