African Mythology Submitted Names
occur in the mythologies
and legends of the various peoples who inhabit Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABUK f African Mythology, Dinka
In Dinka mythology (south Sudan), the first woman. She is the patron goddess of women and gardens. Her emblem is a little snake. She is the mother of Deng
ADROA m African Mythology
The God of the Lugbara, who dwell in the area between Zaire and Uganda. Adroa had two aspects: good and evil. He was looked on as the creator of heaven and Earth, and was said to appear to a person who was about to die... [more]
AJOK m African Mythology
The god of the Lotuko, a Sudanese people. It was believed that he was benevolent, but only if men chose to keep him so. Family strife was seen to be the cue for death to enter the family, and indeed a story is told of a Lotuko mother who implored Ajok to restore her dead child to life... [more]
ANANSI m African Mythology
From Akan anansi
meaning "spider". In West African and Caribbean folklore, Anansi is a trickster spirit who frequently takes the form of a spider.
MABIOR m Dinka, African Mythology
Means "white bull" in Dinka. The white bull is the most prized and is sought after for sacrifices in celebration.
OBA f Yoruba, African Mythology
Means "king, ruler" in Yoruba. It can refer to Obaluaye
, a spirit associated with infectious disease and healing.
OBATALA m African Mythology
In the religion of the Yoruba people, Obàtálá is the creator of human bodies, which were supposedly brought to life by Olorun
's breath. Obàtálá is also the owner of all ori or heads. Any orisha may lay claim to an individual, but until that individual is initiated into the priesthood of that orisha, Obàtálá still owns that head... [more]
ODUDUWA m African Mythology
Oduduwa, Olofin Adimula, Emperor and First Suzerain of the Yoruba, was the Oba of Ile-Ife. His name is generally ascribed to the ancestral dynasty of Yorubaland due to the fact that he is held by the Yoruba to have been the ancestor of their numerous crowned kings... [more]
TCHUE m African Mythology
A cultural founder hero of the Bushmen. Tchue's deeds and transformations were 'many, many and not one'. He was a genius of fruit; also was he at different times a bird, an elephant, a fly, a lizard and even a water hole... [more]
YEMAJA f African Mythology, Yoruba
Derived from the Yoruba phrase Yeye emo eja
meaning "mother whose children are like fish". She is the mother goddess and patroness of birth of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, worshipped primarily by women.