In the African Pygmy mythology
, the most important god of the Pygmy
pantheon is Khonvoum (also Khonuum, Kmvoum, Chorum), a god of the hunt who wields a bow made from two snakes
(it appears to humans
as a rainbow
). After sunset
every day, Khonvoum gathers fragments of the stars
and uses them to revitalize the sun for the next day. He occasionally contacts mortals through an elephant
) or a chameleon
. Khonvoum created mankind from clay
. Black people were made from black clay, white people came from white clay and the Pygmies themselves came from red clay.
Arebati is a lunar deity and Sky Father. In some sources, he was said to have created humanity from clay, instead of Khonvoum.
Tore is a god of the forests and hunting. He appears as a storm and hides in rainbows. Most importantly, Tore appears as a leopard in the initiation rites. He is possibly
Negoogunogumbar is a child-eating giant. Obrigwabibikwa is a dwarf who can change himself into a reptile.