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Loma and the Two Grains of Millet


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(Bongo/Sudan)

Loma is the supreme being. The world and men were created by Loma and his feminine aspect, Ma Loma; he remains intrinsic to all creation. He is present in every object and creature, and manifests himself through them. Of the varied expressions of this god, Loma of the forest is the most important.

In ancient times, people lived in close proximity to Loma. This union came to an end when one of his orders was disobeyed. Loma had instructed people to take just one grain of millet for preparing food—this one grain would multiply, so that everyone would be satisfied. Then a man married a woman from another village. She brought with her a gourd full of millet. She took two grains to prepare food, but it did not multiply as usual. Loma became angry. “I told you to take just one grain of millet, but you did not obey me. From now on, food will not multiply any longer.” So it is that Loma retired from the people into his village in the east, and since then people do not approach him directly. See also: Loma Gubu.

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