African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa


Tswana Ancestral Spirits

Also known as Ba-Dimo

Picture of the African Ancestral Spirits Badimo from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Ancestral spirits of the Tswana people

These are the ghosts of deceased relatives and long-dead heroes. They act as agents for the Great God Modimo, and hang around the place keeping watch to ensure no taboos are violated. You can tell if they’re getting agitated as they make very strange clicking noises.

Only shamans, prophets and small children can speak the names of Badimo and Modimo. Any other utterer will end up as a child in an adult’s body. Shhhh! No name-dropping.

Badimo Facts and Figures

Name: Badimo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Ba-Dimo

Gender: Male and female
Type: Spirits
Area or people: Tswana peoples of Botswana and South Africa
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Ancestors and Ancestral Spirits
Area of expertise: Ancestors

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Article last revised on November 02, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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