While growing up, I have heard many myths in the Yoruba land to last a lifetime, smiles. The Africans are undoubtedly gifted with creative storytelling skills, and we sometimes hold in high esteem some false beliefs.
It’s undeniable that all cultures have their myths, but the African myth is foremost. I salute. There is a myth about almost everything in Africa.
Let me share some fascinating and laughable myths in the Yoruba culture.
Don’t look at the mirror at night: If you’re Yoruba and one of those who revere the Yoruba myth, I bet you don’t look at the mirror at night. Even when you just finished making a lovely hairstyle, you can’t resist? Wow.
I wondered, so what will happen if I ever decide to look at the mirror at night? The myth is that the individual who tries such will suffer for seven years. Oops.
Don’t stand in front of a building when there’s lightning: I guess you’d be wondering what standing in front of a house has got to do with lightning. Well, yea, the Yoruba myth believes that once there’s a person in front of a building while there’s a lightning, the building/house will collapse.
Don’t pour water back into a well: it’s a myth in the Yoruba culture that when you pour water back in the well, the well will get dry. Isn’t the water you poured back into the well supposed to be a surplus? Well…
Don’t walk in drizzling rain: There’s another myth about not walking under drizzling rain. The belief is that once an individual walks under a drizzling rain, s/he will have a headache.
The myth about creation: Would you believe if I told you that there’s a myth about creation? Of course, you’ll, especially when you’re Yoruba. The story is a hilarious one! Laughs. I mean, how could we have made up such stories about creating the earth?
The myth says that there was the sky, the water, and a fen at the beginning of time. The sky is ruled by the chief god – Olorun, while the goddess, Olokun, leads the lower part.
A god named Obatala thought about the whole situation, then went ahead to seek permission from the chief god, Olorun, to create a dry land where all kinds of living creatures can live in.
The myth about the creation of dry land is one of the most outrageous tales in the Yoruba tribe.
The myth about twins (Ibeji): I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned earlier that there’s a myth about almost everything in Africa, Nigeria, precisely. There are myths about twins (Ibeji) in the Yoruba tribe. However, I’ll only be sharing one of the popular myths about twins.
In the Yoruba tribe, the second twin is considered the eldest one. There’s a myth that the second twin (kehinde) sends the first twin (Taiwo) to check the world if it’s suitable before s/he arrives. Sigh.
What myths do you have in your place? For the Yoruba, what myth did I miss out? Please share your thoughts; let’s reflect and have a laugh! Haha.