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Ajok


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Or Adyok, Naijok. The Lotuko, a Sudanese people, believe that whereas by nature Ajok is benevolent, he must be kept so through constant sacrifice and prayers. Man rather than the deity is seen as the cause of discord. A family quarrel, for example, was the cue for death's entry into the world.

Once a child died and the distraught mother implored Ajok to restore it to life. The supreme deity did so, but the father of the child was displeased: he scolded his wife and killed the child. Then Ajok said:‘You cried and asked to have the child restored to life, but never will I do so again. Hereafter, death is permanent for a Lotuko.’

Subjects: Religion.


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