What Is African Mythology and How Did African Mythology Originate?

Africa is home to hundreds of different peoples, who have developed many complex mythologies and stories.

Most of these tales were passed down from one generation to the next by word of mouth.

The particular culture or area that the myth comes from is usually noted in parentheses after the topic.

The Yoruba god of thunder and lightening, Shango, is carved on a wooden staff used by a priest in religious ceremonies to ward off the area’s frequent rainstorm.

The god Shango is always depicted with a double axe-shaped headdress.