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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 43, Mawu Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Chapter 43, Mawu Summary and Analysis

The Dahomey people of western Africa know Mawu as the omnipotent creator of all life. A central component of the Mawu story is the concept of Sekpoli. Sekpoli is likened to one's soul, but it is also a piece of Mawu that every person possesses within.

Mawu rides in the mouth of Aido Hwedo, a primeval serpent, as she creates the earth. Once she creates light, Mawu sees the vastness of her work. She is worried that the earth is too heavy and consequently sends Aido Hwedo underground to bear the weight of her creation. Mawu tasks a monkey with creating more animals from clay. As a reward, she helps the monkey walk upright like humans. The monkey wastes his time boasting to his friends about his assignment. Mawu returns to breathe life into the new animals and finds...

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