NKUBA: LIGHTNING GOD OF THE NYANGA

Nyanga territoryNKUBA – The god of lightning. Nkuba was known and feared for his quick temper and his great power. Powerful Chiefs and shamans could call on Nkuba to kill their enemies with his deadly lightning bolts.

The lightning god was immune to cold and heat and lived a nomadic existence on clouds in the sky. He could solidify lightning to use it as a makeshift staircase between the heavens and the Earth.

Nkuba admired anyone who killed with the same merciless swiftness that he himself demonstrated. The god even became a blood brother to the seven-headed monster Kirimu because of the creature’s prowess at killing.

Nkuba befriended the hero Mwindo, who impressed the deity by surviving his initial attempts to slay him. He then assisted Mwindo by freeing him from the death god Muisa’s trap, by devastating the subterranean realm of the aardvark god Ntumba and by striking dead all the citizens of the village ruled by the evil Chief Shemwindo.

Later the two had a falling out and Nkuba stole away Mwindo for an entire year of punishment by the heavenly deities.  

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