African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

KALUMBA

Luba Creator God

Picture of the African Creator God Kalumba from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Creator God of Roadwork and Highway Closures

It was his bright idea to construct a road connecting Heaven to Earth. What a wonderful thought. After much hard labor, the Heavenly Highway was declared open. But to avoid gatecrashers and tourists, he placed a dog and a goat on guard duty.

Death and Life were both straining at the leash to try their powers on the newly formed Earth. ‘Let Life through — turn Death back’ were Kalumba’s simple instructions.

Time passed. The dog got bored and wandered off. All was quiet. Then a group of servants came along carrying laundry. Bored out of his mind, Goat let these humble minions pass. What he didn’t know was that Death had disguised himself as a pile of dirty washing and was now being ferried to Earth.

When Life strolled down the road, a now suspicious Goat jumped on her, and didn’t realize his mistake until Dog returned. Kalumba was not pleased as he couldn’t recall Death, so he took Life back into Heaven to be patched up, kicked both Dog and Goat in the ass, sent them off to Earth and promptly closed the road.

Kalumba Facts and Figures

Name: Kalumba
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Luba people of the Congo
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 1446

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Article last revised on November 03, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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