African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

NJAMBI

Herero Creator God

Also known as NJAMBE, NJAMBI-KARUNGA, NDJAMBI

Supreme but absent Creator God of the Omumborombonga Tree

After creating the world, he carefully placed the primordial Omumborombonga tree upon the Earth, from which Mukuru, the first human emerged. And then, like most of the African Supreme Gods, Njambi retreated to the safety of Heaven as soon as humans turned up on the scene. Now he’s another aloof Sky God who lives in the clouds and rules through spiritual wisdom alone, an omnipotent deity that doesn’t really do anything.

Although he occasionally rumbles and thunders, he tends to keep well out of the way. Perhaps he’s busy sending all that sun, rain, food, shelter and oxygen.

As his name is sacred, no-one bothers to invoke him except in very exceptional circumstances, and this is usually to thank him for services already rendered rather than asking for new ones. Basically he doesn’t get much attention apart from that of ecstatic lottery winners.

It’s left to the spirits of Mukuru and other ancestors to provide regular prayer-answering services.

Njambi Facts and Figures

Name: Njambi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: NJAMBE, NJAMBI-KARUNGA, NDJAMBI

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

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 428

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

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