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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Sa

Sa, as the word for today, represents another of my occasional dives into the complex and diverse world of deities and gods.
Sa one of a pair of underground or chthonic creator gods from eastern Guinea on the west coast of Africa. He lived in the primeval swamps in the area before any other living things appeared on Earth; before even the sky or light existed. His daughter eloped with his partner deity, bearing 14 children of different colours and speaking different languages. Sa gave these children the tools to survive in the world.
As with so many creation stories, there are the seeds here of an attempt by primitives to explain what must have been inexplicable at the time the myth was born. In this respect, of course, it bears a striking resemblance to the story of creation told in the Bible and borrowed from Judaism by both the Christian and Muslim religions.
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