Mbuti (Bambuti) mythology is the mythology of the African
known as Bambuti)
Pygmies of Congo.
The most important god of the Bambuti pantheon is
Khonuum, Kmvoum, Chorum), a god of the hunt who wields a bow made from
two snakes that together appear to humans as a rainbow. After sunset
Khonvoum gathers fragments of the stars and throws them
into the sun to revitalize it for the next day. He occasionally
contacts mortals through Gor (a thunder god who is also an elephant)
or a chameleon (similar to the divine messenger used by Orish-nla of
Khonvoum created mankind from clay. Black people
were made from black clay, white people came from white clay, and the
Pygmies themselves came from red clay. He also creates the animals
that are needed by hunters.
Arebati is a lunar deity and Sky Father. In some sources, he was said
to have created humanity from clay, instead of Khonvoum.
Tore is a god of the forests who supplies animals to hunters. He is
also a thunder god who appears as a storm and hides in rainbows. Most
importantly, Tore appears as a leopard in the initiation rites. The
Pygmies stole fire from Tore; he chased them but could not catch
them, and when he returned home, his mother had died. As punishment,
he decreed that humans would also die, and he thus became the death
Negoogunogumbar is a child-eating giant. Obrigwabibikwa is a dwarf who
can change himself into a reptile.
Mbuti soul is called a megbe. When a man dies, his son places his
mouth over his to draw in part of the megbe. Another part inhabits the
man's totem animal. If the son does not inhale the megbe or the totem
animal is later killed, it may escape into the forest, where it
becomes a semi-visible being called a Lodi and lives forever with
others like it.
^ "Children of the Forest: Africa’s
Mbuti Pygmies", page 120, by
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