African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

DITAOLANE

Basotho Hero God

Also known as Moshanyana

Legendary Hero of the Basuto people

There’s this evil demon Khodumodumo running riot all over the Earth, feasting and destroying all in its path. Ditaolane’s mum disguised herself as a corpse and hid in a dunghill to ensure her survival. So the demon passed her by.

But dunghills are very hot places, and — holy crap! — she was pregnant. But not for long. Suddenly she gave birth to a full-grown warrior son. He arrived fully equipped with a shield, a spear, and a string of divining bones (called Ditaloa).

He took off after the demon in no uncertain manner. Splat! Blam! Kapow! The dead demon was sliced open and all that it had swallowed was miraculously restored. Big D became chief and ruler and was so revered that when he died his heart fluttered to the sky in total Godliness where he still keeps an eye on things.

His pet name is MOSHANYANA, which means ‘little boy’. What a cute thing to call a Top God.

Ditaolane Facts and Figures

Name: Ditaolane
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Moshanyana

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Basotho people of Lesotho
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Heroics
Area of expertise: Hero

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 1850

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Article last revised on November 02, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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