Dugbo Punishes Men

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(Kono, Tembe/Sierra Leone)

The wife of Yataa and the chief earth god, Dugbo, gives birth to all vegetation and sustains all animals and men. It is her power that produces tropical abundance. The Kono believe that their conduct affects the soil's fertility, and therefore they endeavor each year to maintain Dugbo's favor so that the earth may yield a good harvest.

When one does evil, Dugbo sees it and hands the evildoer over to the sky for punishment. He dies and appears in the sky to receive his justice. See also: Meketa, Yataa.

Subjects: Religion.

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