African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa


Zulu and Xhosa Creator God

Also known as Unkul

Wise and Wonderful God apart from communication problems

His parents were the Creator Gods Umvelinqangi and Uthlanga who created him out of reeds, gave him a good upbringing and made him aware of his responsibilities.

Pretty soon in his career, he decided to bestow immortality upon mankind, and sent a chameleon down with the good news. “Dear Mankind. Am giving you the Gift of Immortality. Hope this fits in with your needs. Best regards, Unkul. R.S.V.P”

Unfortunately the bearer of this important message was delayed on the way and mankind didn’t get to hear of it until far too late. Expecting a simple thank-you at the very least, Uncle Unkul was a bit narked and changed his mind. He sent a lizard with an entirely different message instead.

This lizard didn’t waste any time and got there first. So mankind was presented with their fate. “Dear Mankind. I don’t like you any more. Drop dead. Best regards, Unkul.”

Apart from this unfortunate glitch, Unkulunkulu was a wise and helpful God who did his best to produce a welfare state.

Unkulunkulu Facts and Figures

Name: Unkulunkulu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Unkul

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Zulu and Xhosa people of South Africa
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 7414

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

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