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The supreme spirit of Pygmy belief. ‘In the beginning was god; today is god; tomorrow will be god.’ Formless and eternal, Khonvum makes contact with men by the intermediary of an animal, usually a chameleon. After the creation of the world, he lowered from the sky to the earth the first men—the Pygmies. He also provided for these primitive hunters and fruit-gatherers the plentiful fauna and flora of the equatorial forest. The nightly chore of Khonvum is the renewal of the sun; he collects broken pieces of stars in his sack and tosses armfuls of them at the sun, so it can rise again next morning in its original splendour.

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