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Chwezi Vanish into the Earth

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(Nyoro/Uganda) The pantheon of Chwezi (Cwezi) spirits constitutes the traditional religion of Bunyoro. The Chwezi, a mystical people who came to Bunyoro many years ago, ruled the ...

Chwezi Vanish into the Earth

Chwezi Vanish into the Earth (Nyoro/Uganda)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of African Mythology

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2002

...he inherited the kingdom, he extended its boundaries and divided it up among the Chwezi. In the time of his son, Wamara, there was a series of plagues, cattle died, people no longer rendered obedience, and above all there was a plague of smallpox. In disgust, the Chwezi departed. Some say they disappeared in the lakes. When they had gone, people concluded that they were gods who had vanished into the earth, and their spirits were believed to live in large trees and rocks. Ndahura became the god of smallpox. When the Chwezi vanished from the country they left...

Chwezi Vanish into the Earth

Chwezi Vanish into the Earth  

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Religion
(Nyoro/Uganda)The pantheon of Chwezi (Cwezi) spirits constitutes the traditional religion of Bunyoro. The Chwezi, a mystical people who came to Bunyoro many years ago, ruled the country for some ...
Ruhanga Fails to Prevent the Coming of Evil

Ruhanga Fails to Prevent the Coming of Evil  

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(Nyoro/Uganda)Ruhanga (Katonzi, Kazoba, Mukameiguru, Nyamuhanga, Rugaba) was the creator of all things. People did not call upon him for assistance, because he had done his work and there was no need ...
Ruhanga Fails to Prevent the Coming of Evil

Ruhanga Fails to Prevent the Coming of Evil (Nyoro/Uganda)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of African Mythology

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...are Chwezi spirits and ancestral spirits. The Chwezi spirits, Mbandwa, derive from the legendary Chwezi, who founded a dynasty in Bunyoro centuries ago, then, after ruling for a generation or two, vanished mysteriously. They possessed remarkable wisdom and skills, and left behind them a technique of spirit possession, of which they themselves were the subjects. By this means, their successors could gain access to the power and knowledge that they embodied and enjoy through them protection, well-being, and, especially, fertility. The Chwezi spirits...

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