Friday, September 20, 2013

Tchokwe Cosmology and the Lusona Cosmogram


Tchokwe Story of the Beginning of the World

The figure at the top is God, at the left is the Sun, at the right is the Moon and at the bottom is a human. The Lusona represents the path to God.

One day the Sun went to visit God. God gave the Sun a chicken and said, "Return in the morning before you leave." In the morning the chicken crowed and woke the Sun. When the Sun went to God, God said, "You did not eat the chicken I gave you for supper. You may keep the chicken but return here every day." That is why the Sun circles the earth and rises every morning.

The Moon also went to visit God and was given a chicken. In the morning the chicken crowed and woke the Moon. Again God said, "You did not eat the chicken I gave you for supper. You may keep the chicken but return here every twenty-eight day." That is why the Moon cycle is twenty-eight days long.

The human also went to visit God and was given a chicken. But the human was hungry after such a long journey and ate part of the chicken for supper. The next morning the Sun was already high in the sky when the human awoke, ate the rest of the chicken, and hurried to see God. God said, "I did not hear the chicken crow this morning." The human replied fearfully, "I was very hungry and ate it." "That is all right," said God, "but listen: you know that the Sun and Moon have been here, but neither of them killed the chicken I gave them. That is why they themselves will never die. But you killed yours, and so you must die as it did. But at your death you must return here."

And so it is.

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