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Literal meaning: ‘great bow in the heavens’. The supreme deity of the Tumbuka in Malawi; sometimes he is referred to as Mulengi, ‘creator’. Chiuta is a powerful god, self-created, and omniscient. Moreover, he is Mwenco, ‘owner of all things’, and Wamtatakuya, ‘eternal’. Above all else Chiuta is a rain god, the succour of a people often afflicted by drought.

Subjects: Religion.

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