African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa


Herero Ancestral Spirit

Also known as Omukuru

Mighty Spirit of the First Human

He emerged from the root holes of the primordial Omumborombonga tree, along with his wife and a herd of cattle.

Being the ancestor of the Herero people, Mukuru is venerated as ‘The Old One’ and his spirit is often prayed to for help. Actually he is invoked quite a lot as Njambi, their Supreme God, tends to be unavailable for mere mortal matters.

Mukuru is believed to be buried under the very tree that gave birth to him.

Mukuru Facts and Figures

Name: Mukuru
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Omukuru

Gender: Male
Type: Spirit
Area or people: Herero people of Namibia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

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

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 5742

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

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