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Bumba

Mbombo, also known as Bumba or Mbongo[1], is the god of creation in the religion and mythology of the Kuba people in Africa. In the creation myth, Mbombo was a gigantic, white-skinned man.

The creation myth tells that Mbombo was alone with water and darkness covering the Earth. Mbombo felt an intense pain in his stomach and vomited up the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. The Sun's heat and light evaporated the water, which formed the clouds in the sky. After time, dry hills emerged from the water. Mbombo again vomited, but instead of inanimate objects, like the Sun and stars, he vomited up many animals. He vomited up Koy Bumba, Ponga Bumba, Ganda Bumba, Yo Bumba, Kono Bumba, Tsetse Bumba, Nyanyi Bumba, a scarab beetle, and Budi. In addition, he vomited up the first human beings, including Loko Yima. The nine animals all went on to create many of the world's other creatures.

Three of Mbombo's sons then said they would finish creating the world. The first to try, Nyonye Ngana, vomited white ants, but died after. To honor him, the ants went deep in the earth for dark soil to bury him and transformed the barren sands at the earth's surface. The second, Chonganda, created the first plant, which in turn gave rise to all trees, grasses and flowers. And Chedi Bumba, the third son, made the last bird, the kite.

Due to the chaos she was causing, Tsetse Bumba was cast away into sky. Since Tsetse Bumba was chased away into the sky, the humans were left with no source of fire to make tools and weapons and cook food with. So Bumba taught the humans how to create fire using trees. Once the creation was complete and peaceful, Mbombo delivered it to mankind and retreated into the heavens, leaving Loko Yima to serve as "god upon the earth". The woman of the waters, Nchienge, lived in the East, and her son, Woto, became the first king of the Kuba.

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  1. http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/african-mythology.php?deity=BUMBA

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