Creation & the Universe

Myths of Creation & the Universe

The Creation of the Universe and Ife


A Myth Representing the Culture from Which It Sprung.


Source:  Rosenberg, Donna. World Mythology: An Anthology of the Great Myths and Epics. Lincolnwood, Ill: NTC Pub. Group, 1999. Internet resource. 

Rationale:  Unlike many myths, this tale represents its earliest record and close translation.  It is appropriate for all audiences and demonstrates the kinder side of humanity as it reflects the culture that created it.

Audience:  Elementary and Up

Possible Themes: Myth, Africa, Community, Gender


Summary of tale:


Obatala, a young sky god, entreats Olorun, ruler of the sky, for permission to create dry land on the waters below so that vegetation, animals, and people might live there.  Permission granted, the process of the creation unfolds.

Meanwhile, Olokun, ruler of  the waters, manifests her wrath in a great flood, leading to a definitive duel between god and goddess.


Running time: 45 minutes

Q & A readily available

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