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Aido-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent

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(Fon/Benin) Aido-Hwedo dramatizes a creative force that is primal, existing before Mawu-Lisa, the power that enabled that creator god to shape the universe. He remains the ...

Aido-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent

Aido-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent (Fon/Benin)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of African Mythology

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2002

...-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent (Fon/Benin) Aido-Hwedo dramatizes a creative force that is primal, existing before Mawu-Lisa, the power that enabled that creator god to shape the universe. He remains the servant of Mawu-Lisa, this creative force continuing today, sustaining the shape given to the universe by the creators. He is mythically viewed as a serpent that carried Mawu-Lisa in its mouth as the creator passed through the universe. When the world had been created, Aido-Hwedo coiled himself around and beneath it; he continues to hold everything in its place,...

Aido-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent

Aido-Hwedo, the Cosmic Serpent  

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Religion
(Fon/Benin)Aido-Hwedo dramatizes a creative force that is primal, existing before Mawu-Lisa, the power that enabled that creator god to shape the universe. He remains the servant of Mawu-Lisa, this ...
Mawu-Lisa

Mawu-Lisa  

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AfricaGod of the Fon, a warlike people of Dahomey. The turbulent history of the Fon kingdom, its defeats and its victories, is reflected in the composite character of the Fon pantheon. Gods were ...
Mawu-Lisa

Mawu-Lisa (Africa)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of World Mythology

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2003

...of the world: the sky is under the charge of androgynous Heyvoso, ‘thunder’ the earth owes allegiance to the dual deity Sakpata, whose dreadful weapon is smallpox; the sea and the waters are the domain of Agbe-Naete, twins of the opposite sex; and to Age is given the barren wastes. Echoes of Da Aido Hwedo, the cosmic serpent, can be found in Haiti and Surinam. In the former great care is taken never to arouse the anger or jealousy of this deity. On betrothal young couples offer gifts to the ever-watchful great...

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