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Amma and the Egg that Contains the Universe

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(Dogon/Burkina Faso, Mali) The early story of the universe has to do with a struggle between Amma, the creator, and Ogo, one of her creations. In the beginning, Amma, ...

Amma and the Egg that Contains the Universe

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A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Current Version:
2002

... and the Egg that Contains the Universe (Dogon/Burkina Faso, Mali) The early story of the universe has to do with a struggle between Amma, the creator, and Ogo, one of her creations. In the beginning, Amma, alone, was in the shape of an egg: the four collar bones were fused, dividing the egg into air, earth, fire, and water, establishing also the four cardinal directions. Within this cosmic egg was the material and the structure of the universe, and the 266 signs that embraced the essence of all things. The first creation of the world by Amma was, however,...

Amma and the Egg that Contains the Universe

Amma and the Egg that Contains the Universe  

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Religion
(Dogon/Burkina Faso, Mali)The early story of the universe has to do with a struggle between Amma, the creator, and Ogo, one of her creations.In the beginning, Amma, alone, was in the shape of an egg: ...
Dogon creation

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

...The Dogon people of Mali in Africa say that the cosmic egg at the beginning of time was shaken by the stirrings of the universe and it divided into two placentas, each containing a set of twins engendered by the supreme god Amma . Each placenta contained a male and a female twin, each of whom also contained the essence of the opposite gender. Somehow the twin Yurugu broke out of his placenta, a piece of which fell and became the earth. Meanwhile Yurugu's twin joined the other set of twins in the other placenta. As for Yuyugu, he copulated with the...

Dogon Creation

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A Dictionary of Creation Myths

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2009

...world egg was shaken by seven huge stirrings of the universe. It divided into two birth sacs, each containing a set of twins who were fathered by the supreme being, Amma, on the maternal egg. In each placenta was a male and a female twin, but each twin contained both the male and female essence. By some fluke, a male twin called Yorugu broke out of one of the placentas before the proper time, and the piece of the sac from which he broke forth became the earth. When he tried to go back to the egg to retrieve his twin, she had disappeared. In fact, she had been...

Creation Myths

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David CHRISTIAN

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
History
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...organ is an anthill, and its clitoris a termite hill. Amma, being lonely and desirous of intercourse with this creature, approached it. That was the first occasion of the first breach of the order of the universe. Ogotemmeli ceased speaking. . . . He had reached the point of the origin of troubles and of the primordial blunder of God. “If they overheard me, I should be fined an ox!” At God’s approach the termite hill rose up, barring the passage and displaying its masculinity. It was as strong as the organ of the stranger, and intercourse could not take...

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