Creation stories


We have lately been short of news. And we don’t want to make you read any uninteresting stuff. There was a thought to ask what you good people think about marriage; should the state be involved? Is it a scam/ plot by men to subjugate women? Should we change the marriage to kind of contract, so the vows instead of being till death do us part it should read till we get bored with each other or something reasonable.

We will not dwell there but you can weigh in below what you all think.

I want however to tell you the different creation myths as told by Africans to add to that other one you know.

The Lozi narrate that god was still on earth when he created man after creating all the other things. He went on to make different peoples, each with its own custom, language and manners.

The Lugbara say that god in his transcendent aspect created the first men, husband and wife, long long ago.

The Mende say god first made all other things and then created men, both husband and wife.

The Abaluhya believe god created man so that the sun would have someone for whom to shine. Then created animals and plants to provide food for man.

For the Shilluk, god used clay of different colours in making men, which explains the difference in complexion.

For the Bambuti pygmies, god kneaded the first man out of clay, covered it with skin and poured blood into the lifeless body.

For the Akamba, the first man and woman were extruded from a rock.

There are many more such stories.

And then there is the Dogon theory of the beginning

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

36 thoughts on “Creation stories

  1. Barry says:

    I think the time when it was important for the state to formalise marriage has passed. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand it really makes no difference whether you’re married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship. There’s no tax benefit, and no matrimonial property rights. However we do have partnership property rights that apply to everyone living in some form of partnership.

    Just look at our Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minister. Neither are married but both are in de facto relationships. And the Prime Minister is expecting her first child in June.

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  2. renudepride says:

    As for civil involvement in marriage, I agree with the gentleman in the previous comment and applaud New Zealand on being very progressive. As for the creation, I am interested in the Akamba story. I like to think of all of us humans as being somewhat “rocky.” Have a great weekend, my rocky Kenyan brother! 😉

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  3. john zande says:

    And them we have The Truth:

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  4. The ”till death do us part” isn’t in the mormon thing as long as the marriage takes place in the temple.
    I was out long before that, never went to the temple, & didn’t marry a moron either.
    52nd anniversary this July.

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  5. An E.T. visited me once in my sleep and told me the real creation story:

    “In the beginning, Cosmo (the creator of all things) constructed all that was required for life. He/she (Cosmo is unisexual) gave birth to our universe (talk about labor pains!), then to galaxies, then to stars and planets, then to organic compounds, and then to microorganisms. But, Cosmo wasn’t satisfied. He/she wanted more complexity. So, Cosmo gave birth to plants, then to invertebrates, then to fishes, then to amphibians, then to reptiles, and then to mammals. Still, Cosmo wasn’t satisfied. He/she wanted much more complexity, a creature who could define its own destiny. However, such a capable creature would need to be controlled. Cosmo considered this need for a very long time. Finally, he/she devised a solution. Civilization could control a highly complex creature later to be known as Man. Cosmo began to construct the components of civilization – culture, politics, and social institutions. Then, he/she set the entire apparatus in motion. Human sexuality would be controlled within an institution called marriage. Unfortunately, Cosmo made a huge error. Cosmo didn’t realize that he/she had made human sexual urges way too potent for such a fragile institution as marriage.”

    Moral of the story? Even the almighty are fallible.

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