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Dzemawon Appears as a Woman


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(Ga/Ghana)

Dzemawon (Numbo) is a powerful and intelligent god, omnipotent and omniscient. He comes and goes like the wind, walking about the world and the towns.

Though invisible, he can for his own purposes take any incarnation he likes. On days dedicated to public worship, one is liable to meet Dzemawon in human form. Presumptuous or inquisitive people invading sacred or forbidden precincts may meet Dzemawon in his own form, which is so terrible that the beholder dies of horror or fear. He is, however, always reasonable and does not harm well-meaning people who meet him by accident. The Asante invaded the country in the days of the Asante king, Ashantosei. The invading army was camped near Nungwa and the Ga were collecting their forces and discussing what to do. Dzemawon rose out of the Sakumo lagoon in the form of a naked and peerless young woman, borrowed a skirt from some women who were washing in the lagoon, and went to the tent of the Asante leader and so fascinated him that he spent the day making love to her in spite of the protests of his impatient captains. This so delayed the attack that the Ga force had time to move around, make a surprise attack on the invaders from the rear, and drive them into the sea

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