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Mubila's Death and Resurrection


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(Lega/DRCongo)

Mubila is a mythic hero.

Yombi's many wives give birth. His most beloved wife is the most junior wife, and she gives birth to Mubila, destined to become heroic. He speaks before birth, chooses his own name, is born holding a spear, a knife, a shield, a belt, and a necklace. He also has a whistle. Mubila puts his followers into a pack that he carries. In him is a mystical guide that helps him when he needs it. He is strong and a prophet. And he can fly. He can die, but he also can be revived. After he is born, he builds a village and, with one of his brothers, moves away from his home and settles there. When his father dies, Mubila accuses one of his brothers of the death and pursues him, in the process encountering various obstacles and overcoming them. He marries Kabungulu, who assists him in his endeavors. His struggles continue. He marries a second wife and pursues men who have eloped with his sister. He has encounters with various fantasy characters, faces new problems, and in the end is attacked and killed. His son goes to get his father's body, and Mubila is brought back to life. He then goes in search of his murderer and his murderer's allies. The battles and conflicts both with heroic men and with animals continue, and Mubila has the assistance of his wife and brothers. He marries a third wife. He undergoes an initiation that requires a second circumcision. He dies once again, and is, once again, resuscitated. He regularly returns to his village of birth and confronts new problems. He purifies his home village, and the people rejoice.

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