African Creation Story from Uganda

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- Kintu – first man, and brings a cow, and drinks her milk to stay alive. He wanders around and sees two sisters; Nambi and her sister are the daughters of Mugulu who is the god of the Sky.
- They eventually walk up to him and ask him what he is doin on the earth. He says he is a man, and has to eat. The girls think he is weird and go running back to their father. And Mugulu asks questions about this man.
- Mugulu decides he wants to tests man’s capabilities to survive. He sends his sons to find Kintu, and the sons kidnap his cow.
- Kintu survives by sucking on the bark of a tree. When they find that Kintu has not died Nambi takes Kintu with her to heaven so he can get his cow. But Mugulu has 5 tests for him.
- His 2nd test is to eat all the food or he will die. Kintu discovers a tavern in the floor and he puts the food and beer in there.
- 3rd test – Mugulu gives Kintu a copper axe and tells him that he wants material for a fire. But he cannot get firewood he must cut up stones.
- When he finds a big rock he knows that it is too hard to cut, but the rock speaks to him and gives him magic (just like how all tools give people power over their environment)
- 4th – Kintu is given a bucket and has to fill it with dew. The bucket comes to his rescue, and is magically filled with dew.
- Kintu – is one of the first heroes
- 5th – Kintu has to find his own cow out of 10,000. Then a magical hornet tells him that he will fly on the cow that is his.
- After 1st herd, another herd of 20,000 comes. The hornet lands on 3 cows. Mugulu is impressed because Kintu knows that his cow had two children.
- As a reward, Mugulu gives Kintu his cows, banana plants, other things, and millet to feed the hen down the road.
- Before they leave Mugulu tells his Kintu and his daughter to never come back. But they realize they forgot the chicken food. When Kintu goes back he runs into Nambi’s brother (Warumbe), who is the god of death and disease and he wants to go to earth with

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