Nana Buluku

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Nana Buluku (or Nanan-bouclou) is the Supreme Deity of the Fon from Dahomey.

In Dahomey mythology, Nana Buluku is an androgynous deity creator of the Universe and all that exists in it. Twins were born to Nana Buluku: the moon god Mawu and the sun god Lisa.

Nana Buluku was also incorporated into the Yorùbá religion as Yemaja, the female thought of the male creator Ashe and the effective cause of all further creation.[1]

Worship in the New World[edit]

Nanã as pictured in Candomblé.

Worship of the deity spread to the rest of the world, especially through centuries of captured Africans who were purchased and sold all over the Americas. She is celebrated as Nanã in Brazilian Candomblé Jejé and Candomblé Ketu, where she is pictured as a very old woman, older than creation itself; as Nana Buruku, primordial swamp spirit in Orisha tradition.

Today the Yorùbá religion, and all its branches, is still practiced by tens of millions of people all over the world and Nana Buluku has an honored place in their faith.


Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

The Children of Dahomey at the Wayback Machine (archived April 4, 2005)