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Nana Buluku : The Creator God

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At a glance

Description
Origin African Mythology
Classification Gods
Family Members Mawu, Lisa (Children)
Region Benin, Togo
Associated With Creation

Nana Buluku

Introduction

The Fon religion’s Nana Buluku was originally regarded as a deity. He is one of the elders of the group, who come from the southern part of the country. In the mythology of the Fon people, he is regarded as the mother of the sun and moon, and he is often referred to as the primal-dual deity of the two.

Although she is widely considered to be the creator of the world, Nana Buluku did not take part in the creation process. Instead, after she gave birth to her kids, she retired from the sky. She was also linked to motherhood, and some believe that she is a hermophrodite divinity.

Physical Traits

Although she is widely considered to be the creator of the world, Nana Buluku did not take part in the creation process. Instead, after she gave birth to her kids, she retired from the sky. She was also linked to motherhood, and some believe that she is a hermophrodite divinity.

In Brazilian Candobolé, the depiction of Nana Buluku is similar to that found in the Yoruba religion. The only notable difference is that her dress is made of white with blue-colored motifs. It is believed that the goddess could transform into a large, yellow snake called a maj, which originated from the boas. She would protect other creatures from harm with her appearance as a snake.

Family

The Dahomey religion’s mythology places Nana Buluku as the primary creator of the universe, moon, and sun. After she gave birth to these entities, she retired and left everything to the moon’s spirit, known as Mawu-Lisa. The theology based on her creation is referred to as Vodoun, Voodoo, or Vodun.

The Dahomey religion’s mythology places Nana Buluku as the primary creator of the universe, moon, and sun. After she gave birth to these entities, she retired and left everything to the moon’s spirit, known as Mawu-Lisa. The theology based on her creation is referred to as Vodoun, Voodoo, or Vodun.

The Fon religion’s Vodoun tradition has four elements: public and private gods, as well as ancestral spirits, magic, and charms. In West Africa, the creation of the universe began with the birth of Lisa and the moon, which was done by Nana Buluku.

The couple gave birth to multiple imperfect deities. After Nana Buluku retired, the moon-sun’s spirit, Mawu-Lisa, took over and created various inert universes, deities, and spirits. According to the Fon religion’s mythology, the feminine deity was required to work with Legba and the serpent Aido Hwedo in order to create living beings that were good and bad.

Other names

Nana Buluku is also known as Nana Buruku, Nana Buku or Nanan-bouclou.

Powers and Abilities

As the grandmother of all orishas, Nana Buluku has been regarded as the head of the Yoruba pantheon. Although she is a widely-worshipped deity in West Africa’s various cultures, it’s believed that the ancestors of the Fon people were influenced by the Yoruba religion. In addition to being regarded as a goddess, the Yoruba version of her is also believed to depict her as a mother.

The reimagination of Nana Bukulu’s deity made her background story more interesting. Since she left the sky and lived on the earth, she interacted with other deities more frequently. In Yoruba, she is regarded as one of Obatala‘s wives and the grandmother of the ishas. In addition, she is seen as the ancestral memory of the Yoruba people.

In Yoruba, the goddess is regarded as the mother of deceased people following the goddess’ return to the earth. It is believed that during their journey to the afterlife, the deceased are accompanied by Nana Buluku, who helps prepare them for the rebirth of their souls. The idea of reincarnation is a fundamental part of the Yoruba religion. As the mother of the dead, it is believed that Nana Buluku is connected to mud because it is similar to the womb in various aspects. In the past, the Yoruba would typically bury their dead in muddy areas.

Modern Day Influence

In Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, the goddess of death and life, Nana Buruku, is featured as one of the ten deities who provide magic to maji, individuals with supernatural abilities. Her children are referred to as reapers. In Black Dynamite, a character named Nana Buluku appears as a large woman who resides in Africa. She feeds on white people in an episode titled “The Hunger Pains.” The voice of the character is Erykah Badue. In Smite, a video game in the U.S., Nana Buluku is referred to as the grandmother of the Yoruba ruler, Olorun, and creator of Orun, their realm of gods.

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