Goha and the Hole from Which Man Emerged

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(San/Botswana, Namibia, South Africa)

The male god, who is above man, is Goha. The female god, who is beneath man, is Ko; her attendants are called Ganna. One becomes a rainmaker by praying to God and burning different things in the fire. To procure rain, an ox is killed; its fat is chopped and mixed with different kinds of wood and leaves of trees, and all these are then burned.

There is a great hole in the Marootzee country out of which men first came, and their footmarks are still to be seen there. One man came out of it long ago, but he went back, and is there yet. The cattle came from the same hole. Matoome was the first man, and had a younger brother of the same name, and a sister whose name was Matoomyane. She was the first who came out from the hole, and had orders respecting the cattle, and was appointed to superintend them. But her brother Matoome came out, and without permission he went and led the cattle around the end of a mountain, which so enraged his sister, who possessed medicine for the preservation of life and death, that she returned to the hole, carrying with her the precious medicine, in consequence of which diseases and death came into the world, and persist to this day. See also: ‖Gauwa, Ko.

Subjects: Religion.

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