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Kalumba


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According to the Luba in Zaire, the creator deity Kalumba knew that Life and Death would soon approach mankind. He, therefore, commanded a goat and a dog to keep watch on the roadside and to allow Life to pass, but not Death. These animals quarrelled, and the goat left the dog on duty. Death—‘wrapped up in grass-cloth, tied to a pole, as for burial’—safely passed the sleeping dog. But the next day, when the goat was left on duty, Life came along and was mistakenly captured.

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