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God Name and Meaning

List of Gods : "East Africa"   (46 records)

NameOriginDescription
God name
"Adro"
Lugbara / Lake Albert, East Africa Tutelary god. The personification of grass fires and whirlwinds who, in antiquity, created mankind. Thought to live in the vicinity of rivers with many wives and children....
Goddess name
"Ala"
Ibo / eastern Nigeria, West Africa Chthonic fertility goddess. A popular deity who is also goddess of the underworld linked with a cult of the dead (which rest in her womb). Her temple is the Mbari which contains a cult statue depicting the goddess seated with a child in her arms and adorned with the crescent moon. She is flanked by attendant deities. She enjoys a profusion of local shrines which are well supplied with votive offerings. Serious crimes including murder are considered to be offenses against her. An annual yam festival is celebrated in her honor. Also Ale, Ana, ANI....
Goddess name
"Ala aka Ale"
Africa Ana, Ani, Chthonic fertility goddess who is also goddess of the underworld linked with a cult of the dead, which rest in her womb . Ibo Eastern Nigeria, West Africa
Deities name
"Alatangana"
Africa With Sa, one of two creator deities he created land from swamp and placed vegetation on earth. He then eloped with the Sa's daughter and fathered seven boys and seven girls. Kono - Eastern Guinea, West Africa
Deities name
"Alatangana"
Kono / eastern Guinea, West Africa Creator god. One of two creator deities; the other is SA. ALATANGANA created land from swamp and placed vegetation on earth. VAJRAPANI and a large number of minor names.See also AMITABHA, AMOGHASIDDHI, RATNASAMBHAVA and VAIROCANA....
God name
"Apap"
Teso / Uganda, East Africa Creator god. Regarded as a benevolent sky god who brings the Rain to parched land. Also Akuj....
Goddess name
"Arawa"
Suk / Pokot / Kenya / Uganda, East Africa moon goddess. The two tribes share the same pantheon of deities. Arawa is the daughter of the creator god TORORUT and his consort SETA....
Supreme god name
"Asis"
Suk / Pokot / Kenya / Uganda, East Africa Sun god. These two tribes share the same pantheon. The younger brother of the supreme god of heaven TORORUT. In Nandi [Kenya] religion, Asis becomes the supreme creator god....
God name
"Edeke"
Teso / Uganda, East Africa God of disasters. The antagonist of the creator god APAP, Edeke is propitiated during times of famine and plague....
God name
"Enundu"
Gishu / Uganda, East Africa Plague god. A god identified with smallpox and propitiated with the sacrifice of a goat....
God name
"Gibini"
Gishu / Uganda, East Africa Plague god. Associated with the smallpox god ENUNDU, he is propitiated with offerings of vegetables and is symbolized by special trees planted near the house....
King name
"Heitsi-Eibib"
Namaqua A flood hero deity who "came from the east," landing in the west of Cape South Africa, a very long time ago, with fellow survivors from a Sunken kingdom. Namaqua
God name
"Ilat"
Pokot / Suk / Uganda / western Kenya, East Africa Rain god. The son of the creator god TORORUT. According to legend, when his father calls on him to fetch water Ilat always spills some, which descends to earth as Rain....
God name
"Imana"
Burundi / East Africa Creator god. He engendered the first man, Kihanga, who descended from heaven on a rope. Symbolized by a lamb or a young ram, he is also thought to speak through the roar of the bull....
God name
"Jokinam"
Lake Albert / East Africa lake god. The owner of the “lake cows” which graze at the bottom of lake Albert and which are herded by drowned fishermen....
Goddess name
"Kaikara"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa Harvest goddess. Propitiated before harvesting with offerings of millet....
Spirit name
"Kangalogba"
Pokot / Suk / Uganda / western Kenya, East Africa Primordial spirit. The female spirit personified in the dragonfly and also the apotheosis of the sacred river Oubangui. The mother of the creator god TORO....
God name
"Kazyoba"
Nyamwezi / Tanzania, East Africa Sun god. Regarded as the tutelary deity and creator of the tribe....
God name
"Kibuka"
Buganda / Uganda, East Africa God of war. The brother of the creator god MUKASA, said to reside on the island of Sese. According to tradition, he secured victory in war for the Buganda by taking the form of a cloud which hovered above their enemies and Rained spears and arrows. He apparently enjoyed a succession of temples in the past which housed the hidden statue of the god and his sacred shield....
God name
"Kyumbe"
Zaramo / Tanzania, East Africa Creator god. Tradition has it that the earth and sky may have been present before this being emerged. He is, however, perceived as having engendered all living things on earth. He first created animals' bodies without tails. When they had their legs fitted, Kyumbe added tails as an afterthought....
God name
"Lisa"
Fon / others / Benin, West Africa Creator god. Probably the equivalent of LESA in parts of East Africa. The supreme deity, whose more or less monotheistic role may have been influenced by the spread of Islam and Christianity....
God name
"Lubanga"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa God of health. He is invoked by offerings of beer and his sanctuaries are surrounded by rows of trees....
God name
"Mugizi"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa lake god. The guardian deity of lake Albert, invoked with offerings by those wishing to cross the lake in boats....
God name
"Muhingo"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa God of war. Invoked specifically by warriors before entering battle....
Supreme god name
"Mukasa"
Buganda / Uganda, East Africa Supreme god. A benevolent deity whose main oracular sanctuary was sited on the island of Bubembe, lake Victoria. His first high priest was Semagunga and, by convention, only the tribal leader was permitted to consult with the oracle there. Mukasa provides Rain, food and cattle....
Goddess name
"Mulindwa"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa Guardian goddess. The tutelary protector of the tribal chiefs and their families constituting the royal clan....
God name
"Mulungu"
Africa A creator God of the Nyamwezi people of Tanzania in eastern Africa. Despite being the creator and protector of the world, he is distant and has little contact with anyone. It is said that he once lived on earth, but when someone set fire to the landscape he asked a spider to spin him a web to climb up into the sky, where he lives today. He is revered now as a sky god, with thunder as his voice.
God name
"Mungu"
Swahili / East Africa Creator god. The name applied to the notion of a single god in the heavens, influenced by the spread of Christianity. Also Mulungu....
God name
"Munume"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa God of weather. Invoked during times of drought or deluge and propitiated by means of sacrifice, usually an ox from the tribal chief and sheep or fowl from the villagers. The blood is sprinkled on the floor of the sanctuary and the flesh is eaten at the door....
God name
"Mw-ene"
Africa Designates God-meaning the Master, the Chief. The Sagala, East Africa
God name
"Ndaula"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa Plague god. Particularly associated with smallpox. His shrines are usually situated on the edge of a community and on the frontiers of the tribal land so that he may be invoked to keep the disease in neighboring territory....
God name
"Ngai"
Africa The name of the High God. Kikuyu, East Africa
God name
"Ngai"
Kikuyu / Masai / East Africa Creator god. The name given to a single god in the heavens, influenced by the spread of Christianity. He is also perceived as, and may have evolved from, a weather god whose presence is symbolized by lightning....
Spirit name
"Nguruhi"
Africa The all-powerful but remote supreme being and creator who controls the elements and human destiny, but leaves daily occurrences to the influence of the ancestor spirits. The Wahehe, East Africa
Spirit name
"Oi"
Suk / western Kenya, East Africa Sickness god. A spirit of personal illness rather than plague. The sick person's house is emptied and the priest exorcizes Oi out of the dwelling....
God name
"Ruhanga"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa Creator god. The initiator of the world, he is regarded as a distant figure and seldom invoked....
Spirit name
"Ryangombe"
Rwanda / East Africa Tutelary god. An ancestral deity and king of the spirit world who has an oracular capacity....
Deities name
"Sa"
Kono / eastern Guinea, West Africa Chthonic creator god. One of a pair of creator deities, with ALATANGANA. Sa inhabited the primeval swamps before the sky or the light existed and before there were any living things on earth. He had a daughter who eloped with Alatangana and bore fourteen children, three pairs of black and four pairs of white, all of whom spoke different languages and to whom Sa gave the tools of survival....
God name
"Sajara"
Songhai / eastern Mali, West Africa Rainbow god. Perceived as a Rainbow-colored snake and symbolized by a tree where white rams are sacrificed and hung. The animals' blood is sprinkled on the tree. The ritual is accompanied...
God name
"Tar"
Tiv / Nigeria, West Africa Chthonic earth god. Engendered by the creator god AONDO, Tar is depicted as a prostrate figure with his head toward the east, comparable with the Egyptian god GEB....
God name
"Topoh"
Pokot / Suk / Uganda / western Kenya, East Africa Astral god. The son of the creator god TORORUT and his consort SETA, he is god of the evening star....
God name
"Tororut"
Pokot / Suk / Uganda / western Kenya, East Africa Creator god. He is invoked in a special annual ceremony, which involves the sacrifice of an ox, to ensure safety of crops and cattle. The same ritual is performed in times of drought, famine or plague. His brother is ASIS the Sun god. His consort is SETA and their children include the Rain god ILAT, ARAWA the moon and TOPOH the evening star....

"Umlungu"
Africa The invisible supreme being of the lake Nyasi region. East Africa
Deity name
"Waaq"
Africa The supreme and universal deity who the universe with opposing but complementary and interdependent forces such as night and day, young and old, in fine balance. Oromo. East Africa
God name
"Wamala"
Bunyoro / Uganda, East Africa God of plenty. A sanctuary has existed near the royal palace and Wamala is propitiated to give the boon of children, domestic animals and crops. He is also seen in an oracular capacity and has an official intermediary....
God name
"Weri Kumbamba"
Gishu / Uganda, East Africa Creator god. A deity embodied in rocks and specifically invoked before and after circumcision to ensure the speedy recovery of the patient....