In EFIK MYTHOLOGY, Abassi is considered to be the Supreme Creator
(God). His wife, Atai , is known as the mediator . It is believed that
Atai convinced Abassi to allow two humans (one man and one woman),
also known as their children, to live on
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It was originally believed that Abassi and Atai live in the
As time went on, the Efik people started believing that Abassi was the spirit of nature . Eventually this caused the people to begin worshipping the sun in the belief that it was Abassi himself.
It was also believed that twins were a disgrace to Abassi. It was thought to be evil for a woman to give birth to twins; the woman would be burnt alive and the twins were taken and left for dead in the desert.
The Reverend Hope Masterton Waddell came among the Efik people on 10 April 1846. The Efik people specifically requested for the evangelization of their kingdom in writing and the letters are dated 1 December 1842 and 4 December 1842 from King Eyo Honesty II and King Eyamba V respectively. Mary Mitchell Slessor came to Calabar in 1876. The Atai referred to as the wife of Abassi was the third Edidem of the Efik people. He was the king who led the Efik people out of the country of the Aros into Uruan country.
* ^ Benge, Geoff (28 July 1999). Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar (Christian Heroes: Then & Now). YWAM Publishing. p. 203. * ^ Jackson, Dave (1 May 1994). Trial by Poison: Mary Slessor (Trailblazer Books #12. Bethany House. p. 144. * ^ Basil Miller (June 1985). Mary Slessor (Women Of Faith Series). Bethany House Publishers. p. 144. * ^ Livingstone, W.P. Mary Slessor of