The god of the Lotuko, a Sudanese people. It was believed that he was benevolent, but only if men chose to keep him so. Family strife was seen to be the cue for death to enter the family, and indeed a story is told of a Lotuko mother who implored Ajok to restore her dead child to life. The god obliged, but the woman's husband was angry, and berated his wife, killing the child. Ajok, annoyed, declared that never again would he raise a Lotuko, and that from this on, death would be permanent for his people. The Ashanti trickster/culture hero, also called 'the Spider'. He is the intermediary of the sky god Nyame, his father, on whose command Anansi brings rain to quench the forest fires and determines the borders of oceans and rivers during floods. Later Anansi's place as representative was usurped by the chameleon. His mother is Asase Ya. Anansi is sometimes regarded as the creator of the sun and the moon and the stars, as well as the one who instituted the succession of day and night. It is also believed that he created the first man, into which Nyame breathed life. A typical trickster, he is crafty, sly, villainous, but he also taught mankind how to sow grain and how to use the shovel on the fields. He set himself up as the first king of the human beings and even managed to marry Nyame's daughter. He was beaten only in his encounter with the wax girl, to whom he stuck fast, having struck her with his legs when she refused to talk to him. The people then rushed forwards and beat the tricky Anansi. Anansi is one of the most popular characters in West African mythology. The god of the Akamba people of Kenya. He is 'the strong lord', above the spirits, but also a merciful one. As god of consolation and sustenance, he intervenes when human help is slow or ineffective. He is supposed to have said, "It is I who made the people; whom I love, he will thrive; and whom I refuse, he will die."Asa is also known as Mwatuangi, "distributor", Mulungu, "creator", and Mumbi, "fashioner". The supreme deity of the Ibo (the Calabar district, eastern Nigeria), Chuku is the creator, and the Ibo believe that all good comes from him. He is the creator and brings the rains that makes the plants grow. Certain trees are dedicated to him, and in bushes and under trees sacrifices are made to him. His wife is Ala, who is also given as his daughter. The sun is his symbol.Once he sent a dog messenger to men, advising them that, should anyone die, they should be lain on the ground and strewn with ashes, after which they would return to life. The dog, however, was tired and delayed, so Chuku sent a sheep with the same message. It too got delayed, stopping to eat on the way, and on arriving had forgotten the wording of the message it had brought. Guessing, the sheep told men that they should bury a corpse in the earth. When the dog arrived later with the correct message, it was not believed, and so death was established on the Earth. The rain-god of the Maasai in East Africa. En-kai, a remote deity, is Parsai, "the one who is worshipped", and Emayian, "the one who blesses". All Masaai can address En-Kai in prayer, but only the iloibonok (the medicine-men) are in daily communication with him through dreams, trances, and signs. His sanction, through them, must be obtained for any important action. The great self-created god who then created the lesser god, the earth, mankind, wild animals and vegetation. His divine names -- Hishe, Huwe, Kxo, Gara, Gani ga, Gaishi Gai, Gauwa -- he also gave to the lesser god, but retained his earthly name Gao!na for himself. His elder wife is Khwova!na. His younger wife is Gow, who is also the wife of the lesser god. In the mythology of the Kabyles of Algeria, Itherther, a buffalo, and Thamuatz, a buffalo cow, were the first living beings on earth. They emerged from Tlam, a dark place under earth. They did not wish to return there and so roamed the earth. Thamuatz gave birth to a young buffalo which they named Achimi. When Achimi later expelled him, Itherther wandered through the lonely mountains, unable to forget his beloved Thamuatz. Each time that he thought of her, he stopped and his semen would flow. The sun would warm the semen and from it sprang forth various other animals, and Itherther took them under his care.The Kabyles believed that all the animals were engendered in this fashion, except for the lions, which are the offspring of a human cannibal.