Mungu: The Moon Is Swallowed by a Snake

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(Swahili/Kenya, Tanzania)

The creator god, Mungu, created the heavens and the earth, and when he fashioned that earth, all was silent: the land was without life, animals and humans were absent from the scene. Water had been created: the oceans were present, and God had created the rain. Fire was produced, and the sun and moon were in the heavens. Mungu had created light, and it was from light that he created human beings; they were placed on the earth, their lives harmoniously linked to the movement of the heavenly bodies–the sun, the moon, the stars. But it is said that such harmony is sometimes interfered with when a snake approaches the moon and swallows it. It is left to Mungu's people on the earth to intervene with the serpent on the moon's behalf until it vomits her up, thereby reestablishing these harmonious relations with the cosmos.

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