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According to the Bambara peoples of the Niger River, the creation of the world is a continuous process. Pemba and Faro, they say, descended from the sky, but at first it was Pemba who sought to govern the world. He was a wood spirit, the maker of the first woman, and the king of trees. Musso-koroni, the first woman, planted Pemba in the soil and her human and animal offspring shed blood in sacrifice to his divinity. But she did not like Pemba's thorns, ceased to be his consort and instead, Musso-koroni wandered the world causing disorder and sadness. The water spirit Faro too disliked the growing power of Pemba and so he uprooted him. Thereafter, the Bambara assert, the harmony of daily life has depended on the creativity of Faro, and his spirits.

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