African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

MAWU-LISA

Fon Creator God/dess

Picture of the African Creator God/dess Mawu-Lisa from our African mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Two-in-one Creator Gods of the Sun and Moon

A divine duality, Mawu-Lisa comprises brother and sister Gods Mawu and Lisa. These holy twins must have been a real joy to their mother Minona.

Mawu is the female half, a creative Goddess of the Moon. Lisa is the brotherly half, a hot Sun God of the daylight hours. Together they created the world and everything in it, for which we are very grateful.

Mawu-Lisa’s creative energies were so abundant that they started to worry about overloading the planet. So they asked the nice World Serpent Da to curl around the world and support it in case of accidents.

Between them, they produced an impressive brood of deities including Da, Age, the Water God Twins, a Thunder God and Gu. Where would we be without them?

Mawu-Lisa Facts and Figures

Name: Mawu-Lisa
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male and female
Type: God/dess
Area or people: Fon people of Benin and Togo
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 1013

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

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