Wahungwe Creation Myth
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Maori created the first man, Mwuetsi, who became the moon. Maori
gave him a ngona horn filled with ngona oil and told him he would live
at the bottom of the waters.
Mwuetsi objected and said he wished to live
on the land. Maori reluctantly agreed, but said Mwuetsi would give up immortality
if he did.
After a while Mwuetsi complained of loneliness, so Maori sent
him a woman, Massassi (the morning star), to keep him company for two years.
Each night they slept on opposite sides of a campfire, until one night
Mwuetsi jumped over the flame and touched Massassi with a finger he had
moistened with the ngona oil. In the moning Massassi was huge, and soon
gave birth to plants and trees until the whole earth was covered by them.
At the end of two years Maori took Massassi away. Mwuetsi wept for eight
years, at which time Maori sent him another woman,
Morongo (the evening
star), saying that she could stay for two years.
On the first night Mwuetsi
touched her with his oiled finger, but she said she was different than
Massassi, and that they would have to oil their loins and have intercourse.
This they did, this night, and every night thereafter.
Every morning Morongo
gave birth to the animals of creation. Then she gave birth to human boys
and girls, who became full-grown by that very same evening.
his displeasure with a fierce storm, and told Mwuetsi he was hastening his
death with all this procreation.
Morongo, ever the temptress, instructed
Mwuetsi to build a door to their habitat so that Maori could not see what
they were doing.
He did this, and again they slept together.
Now in the
morning Morongo gave birth to violent animals; snakes, scorpions, lions,
One night Morongo told Mwuetsi to have intercourse with his daughters,
which he did, thereby fathering the human race.