African Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Africa

WELE

Abaluyia (Vugusu) Creator God

Also known as Khakhabaisaywa

Creator God on stilts

He is known as The One On High. Probably because his Heavenly abode perches on top of a magnificent set of giant pillars.

He created everything in six days and on the seventh he rested. But he didn’t register for copyright, and more worldlywise Gods have since taken the credit.

Wele originally designed the Sun and Moon as twins. But he had to split them up and keep them apart because they wouldn’t stop fighting. He then created Mwambu, the first man, so that the celestial lights would have someone to shine on.

Mwambu and his wife Sela built themselves a house on stilts. This was probably in imitation of Wele’s rather more expensive and upmarket Heaven. Never mind keeping up with the neighbors — try keeping up with the Gods. Houses on stilts are still popular in Kenya today — if nothing else, stilts make it harder for critters and baddies to get in.

Wele’s finishing touches included rainbows, weather and fairy lights. On the eighth day he rested again. And then again and again. He is still on holiday.

Wele Facts and Figures

Name: Wele
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Khakhabaisaywa

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Abaluyia (Vugusu tribe) of Kenya
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

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

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