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1893 edition. Excerpt: ... its equivalents may mean, great
ancestor, lightning, the powers of nature generally, or god, and we
have at least one instance which seems to show how such ideas as
that of Mlungu first take hold of the popular imagination, and
become almost universal myth, for myth it is when all has been
said, but myth which describes a sober fact of human faith and the
progress of thought. The Rev. Duff Macdonald, a careful observer,
who lived several years in Central Africa, says of the Wayao, that
they not only worship their own ancestors, as is common to most
Africans, but also invoke by prayer and sacrifice the gods of the
country who were worshipped by the people they expelled. The older
inhabitants were compelled to retire before the advance of the
Wayao, but their great god Kangomba remained. undisturbed on Mount
Socki, nor would he be displaced by the newer divinities or the
arts of magic So it is that the present chief, Kapeni, when making
annual supplication and sacrifice, asks some noted Wanyasa priest
to-. come to his assistance. The Wanyasa are related to the people
whose god Kangomba originally was, and their presence is acceptable
to him. Such a god as this, though originally a local tribal
deity--some remote ancestor of a chief--graduallv gathers more than
a local reputation. The Wanyasa priests officiating at his annual
festivals will carry his fame to their own people, and bring the
Wanyasa tribe, through association with the Wayao at his festivals,
to worship him in times of stress and trial at their own homes. If
he grants their prayer his reputation will speedily spread as both
powerful and good. Besides, every African who returns from a
journey exaggerates all his experiences, and adorns Rev. Duff
Macdonald. his narratives with gorgeous...
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