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Naka, a Jealous God, Drives His Sister Away


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(Sonjo/Tanzania)

Naka, a god, and his sister, Nebele, were the first beings to appear in the world. They were both creators, Nebele creating everything except man.

Naka, jealous of Nebele's accomplishments, told her that she was but a woman and therefore his property. He prepared to brand her like an animal. Nebele, angry, fled to another world, and has not been seen since. Naka then created a man and a woman, whose children became the founders of all the peoples of the world. Naka gave each group one gift, whatever they asked for. The Sonjo asked for and received the digging stick.

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