African Mythology A to Z, 2nd Edition by Patricia Ann Lynch, Jeremy Roberts

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He explained how to clear the ashes away, lay the flat cakes of kneaded dough on the hottest spot, and then cover them up again with the hot ashes. All the while, the man and woman wondered why so much work was needed to cook the grain, when it was easier to eat leaves and berries. But when the ashes were cleared away and the hot cakes of bread had cooled, the man and the woman each broke off a piece and chewed it slowly. Smiling at the delicious taste, they ate every last crumb. The ant gave the humans one last piece of important advice.

They moved closer to the Creator and became ancestors. Usually the Supreme Being brought the souls of the dead to the heavens. Kung Creator, took the spirits of the dead to live with him in the sky. na lived on the upper floor with his wife and children. Xu, the Heikum Creator, lived in the sky on the first floor of a two-storied house. The second story was occupied by the souls of the dead. The dead sometimes made their own way to the afterworld. The Edo people of Nigeria bury the dead with their feet pointing west, toward the ocean.

701) Lamtuna (Mauritania, Morocco) A half-legendary, half-historic Berber heroine and queen. ” According to legend, al-Kahina directed the most determined resistance to the seventh-century Arab invasion of North Africa. Around 690, she assumed personal command of the North African armies. Under her leadership, the North Africans were victorious, and the Arabs were briefly forced to retreat. However, the Arabs were relentless, and in 701 the North Africans were defeated. Al-Kahina took her own life.

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