Orishas of Yoruba Mythology

Orishas are Yoruba gods and goddesses. Mythology surrounding them, including the Yoruba creation story, is vast. Below are descriptions of some Orishas, and the story about how they got their powers. Olorun/Olodumare: Supreme God and Creator; sometimes depicted androgynous Orunmila: God of Wisdom and Divination; Olorun's son and representative Obatala: Olorun's Deputy; creator of land,… Continue reading Orishas of Yoruba Mythology

Zulu Creation Story and Zulu Pantheon

As with many African ethnic groups, the Zulu people have a creation story and a pantheon (a collection of all the gods and goddesses of a people/religion). According to Zulu tradition, the first god or source, Umvelinqangi, was the Sky Father and the god of thunder and lightning. Umvelinqangi descended from the heavens to Uhlanga,… Continue reading Zulu Creation Story and Zulu Pantheon

Nnedi Okorafor & Co: Revival of African Mythologies

Captivating peoples across the African continent, mythologies were passed down through generations for thousands of years. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these mythologies declined significantly as a result of European colonialism. Recently, however, African mythologies are seeing a revival through collections such as Epic of Sundiata, fantasy fiction of Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi,… Continue reading Nnedi Okorafor & Co: Revival of African Mythologies