Utixo

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Utixo or Tiqua was a god of the Khoi (the native pastoralist people of southwestern Africa), a benevolent deity who lived in the sky, sending rain for the crops, and speaking with thunder. Utixo is sometimes translated as wounded knee. For an alternative pantheon see Khoikhoi mythology.

One story that has survived in Christian literature, was that Utixo sent a message to his people that death would not be eternal. Unfortunately he used a rabbit to carry the message. The rabbit became confused, reversed the message, and ended up telling men that they would not rise again.

Utixo was the word that missionaries used for translating God into Khoikhoi. The Zulus call the deity Utixo, the hidden god, because he is hidden behind Unkulunkulu.

References[edit]

  • Hahn, Theophilus (1881) Tsuni-Goam, the Supreme Being of the Khoi-Khoi Trübner, London;
  • Kidd, Dudley (1904) The Essential Kafir A. and C. Black, London;
  • Massey, Gerald (1881) Book of the Beginnings, containing an attempt to recover and reconstitute the lost origines [sic] of the myths and mysteries, types and symbols, religion and language, with Egypt for the mouthpiece and Africa as the birthplace Williams and Norgate, London;