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Ngulwe Causes a Child to Emerge from a Woman's Knee


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(Kuulwe/Tanzania)

Ngulwe, the supreme being, is the creator of the world, but is too remote to interest himself in the affairs of men.

There is an evil spirit called Mwawa, who sometimes appears in human form but usually takes the shape of a dog, running about in the villages stealing and biting. He also appears as a mouse. Mwawa is particularly associated with smallpox.

The first human pair came down from heaven but did not produce offspring in the ordinary way. Ngulwe caused a child, known as Kanga Masala, to come out of the woman's knee.

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