African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

AMMA

Dogon Creator God

Also known as Amen

Top Dogon Sky God and Creator of the Universe

In the beginning, his mighty word created a primordial egg from the atom of a seed, which must have been some undertaking. This was actually a double-yolker which contained various Godly goodies and not a little confusion.

Then he made Mother Earth from clay and tried to mate with her. But a large termite hill caused painful obstructions in the most embarrassing place and he just could not get it together. In the end he sliced the offending lump from her anatomy and managed to get the job done. Ouch. Sadly, his worshipers took this as an invitation to practice female circumcision, instead of tackling all those annoying termite hills.

Meanwhile, the details of Amma’s further career vary depending on the tribe, the weather, and the color of your socks. We know that his offspring were Ogo, Yurugu, Yasigi and a host of Nommo Godlets, but how, why and in what order remains a tangled mystery. We suspect the Dogon people are trying to confuse us. Unless, of course, they’re just as confused as we are.

Amma Facts and Figures

Name: Amma
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Amen

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Dogon people of Mali
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

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Article last revised on November 21, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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