Ataa Naa Nyongmo is a supreme being, an eternal, infinite, nocturnal being associated with the sky, the source of life. He created the universe and its creatures, and controls cosmic processes and thereby the lives of mortal creatures. He is nurturing, controlling the falling of the rain and the shining of the sun, determining the growth of plants on which animals and human beings depend for subsistence. Human beings depend on him not only for existence but for the means of perpetuating life.
If humans anger the supreme being by failing to perform certain rites or by violating divine injunctions, Ataa Naa Nyongmo may punish them by withholding the means of perpetuating life or by causing such calamitous events as epidemics or earthquakes.
Gods are immortal, sky-dwelling spirits. They may descend to earth; some are associated with lagoons, mountains, and rivers.