This is the famous tree which gave birth to Mukuru, the first man, and his wife.
No, they weren’t growing from the branches like strange fruit. That would be ridiculous. They actually emerged from root holes underneath. We’re not sure how they got there, but Creator God Njambi probably put them there for safekeeping.
The first herd of cattle also came from the tree’s root holes, but according to Herero legend, the lesser animals — and all the other tribes — had to be content with ordinary holes in the ground to crawl out of.
Omumborombonga trees are now quite common in Namibia. They are better known in English as Leadwood trees — because their wood is incredibly heavy. The Herero people still venerate them today.
So what happened to the original Omumborombonga, the tree that gave birth to humankind? You need to go to the veldt Windhoek, north of the river Ugab. It was said to be still there in 1933, but firewood is scarce in these parts, so we can guarantee nothing.
Omumborombonga Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Omumborombanga
Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: legendary place
Area or people: Damara and Herero people of Namibia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on November 02, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.