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Nguleso Sends Beasts to Punish Men


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(Kakwa/Sudan)

Nguleso, the supreme being, is god in the sky. Contrasted with him is a malevolent spirit, Ngulete, who causes illness and can be appeased by offerings. There are many Ngulete; they are children of beings called Jaguruba who live in the rivers. The spirits of the ancestors can, if neglected, send sickness or other misfortune.

God threw a man down from the sky and taught him to cultivate.

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Lightning lives in the sky, has almost personal attributes, but the body of a calf with the face and teeth of a lion.

Long ago, some people were plagued by lions and wild beasts. They wondered, if Nguleso exists, why are they eaten by these beasts? Some said it was because they did not act properly, and because of this Nguleso sent the animals to devour the land. They thought about the deaths of these men, and concluded that Nguleso had treated them badly, that they had not taken another man's property, had not entered the house of another man, so he troubled them for no reason. They called together the spirits, Nguloki, and called upon Nguleso in the sky.

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