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Gion's Universe


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(Jukun, Kororofawa/Nigeria)

Gion, the chief divinity and supreme being, with a dog with a head like a lion, controls the tornado. The first fruits are taken to the chief priest, Akondu, to give to Gion. In seasons of drought, Akondu calls the king of the water, to whom offerings are made.

The sun is called Myino, the moon is called Sun (king). The sun goes to the west and rests. There are seven suns. The moons live in the east. The moon travels day and night, but if it is not seen at night that is because the sun catches it. If there is an eclipse of the moon, the people beat drums to make the sun let the moon go. If a meteor is seen, they put their ears to the ground, and think that it means that some man is dead. Each star represents the soul of a man. The moon is a boy who waxes and wanes. There are twelve of these boy moons. They go away and rest, and return to youth. They live in water. Sacrifice is made to the moon if the moonlight falls into the house.

Subjects: Religion.


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