Goddess Woyengi  

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"WOYENGI" IS THE CREATION GODDESS OF THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA; HER NAME MEANS GREAT MOTHER. SHE IS CONSIDERED A "GREAT MOTHER GODDESS "OF THE NIGER RIVER VALLEY. ACCORDING TO LEGEND, SHE ARRIVED FROM THE CELESTIAL REGIONS ON A BOLT OF LIGHTNING TO AN EARTH DEVOID OF PEOPLE. WHAT SHE FOUND WERE A TABLE, A CHAIR, AND A FLAT STONE THAT WAS RESTING ON MUD. SHE SCOOPED UP THE MUD AND MADE NUMEROUS LITTLE MUD DOLLS, AND THEN BREATHED LIFE INTO EACH ONE OF THEM. "WOYENGI" THEN LET THEM DECIDE THEIR FATE, INCLUDING WHAT SEX THEY WANTED TO BE, HOW THEY WANTED TO LIVE,AND HOW THEY WANTED TO DIE.

SHE THEN TOOK THEM TO TWO STREAMS AND SAID, "THE STREAM ON THIS SIDE LEADS TO LUXURY; THE STREAM ON THAT SIDE LEADS TO ORDINARINESS. THOSE WHO CHOSE A LIFE OF IMPORTANCE OR POWER HAD TO GO DOWN THE STREAM FILLED WITH RAPIDS, ROCKS, AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS; THOSE WHO HAD CHOSEN AN EASY LIFE HAD TO FOLLOW THE SECOND STREAM WHICH WAS CLEAR AND CALM...BUT WITH DANGEROUS QUICKSAND IN THE SHALLOWS.

HER MYTH TELLS US TO THINK OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CHOICES, AND THE MORAL IS THAT WE MUST LEARN TO MAKE THE BEST CHOICE WE CAN AND LIVE WITH THE RESULT.

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