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The Great Crab Dragonby ~VegasMike
No Folktale here, I found this on Deviantart and thought it was too hard not to post here. Reminds me of something out of Digimon.

The Great Crab Dragonby ~VegasMike

No Folktale here, I found this on Deviantart and thought it was too hard not to post here. Reminds me of something out of Digimon.

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(Art by bloodhound-omega)
Legend of Isa Bere and King Samba
Dragon
Origins- Guinea
Isa Bere was a big dragon that lived in the mountains of Futa Jallon (Fouta Djallon). The dragon had a very large stomach and would drink from lakes and rivers. The dragon saw the river Niger and wanted quench its never ending thirst causing a drought in West Africa.
The young King Samba fearing for his people’s lived went to fight Isa Bere along with his bard Tarafe. The battle was long and painfully lasting 8 years, it is said that King Samba used over 800 Eventually the dragon was killed by a blow to the heart with a long sword forged by the youngest son of a Blacksmith in the kingdom, thus releasing the waters of the Niger.

(Art by Audore)

(Art by bloodhound-omega)

Legend of Isa Bere and King Samba

Dragon

Origins- Guinea

Isa Bere was a big dragon that lived in the mountains of Futa Jallon (Fouta Djallon). The dragon had a very large stomach and would drink from lakes and rivers. The dragon saw the river Niger and wanted quench its never ending thirst causing a drought in West Africa.

The young King Samba fearing for his people’s lived went to fight Isa Bere along with his bard Tarafe. The battle was long and painfully lasting 8 years, it is said that King Samba used over 800 Eventually the dragon was killed by a blow to the heart with a long sword forged by the youngest son of a Blacksmith in the kingdom, thus releasing the waters of the Niger.

(Art by Audore)

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(Art by Kenya Marshall)
Inkanyamba
Dragon/Sea Serpent
Origins- Zulu
Habitat - Lake Waterfall
The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent rumoured to be liking in a waterfall lake area in near Piermaritzburg north forests, or at the base of Howick Falls, South Africa.



The creature is described a large serpent with a head shaped like a horse, some have said it has large wings like a bird or even a bat. The Inkanyamba is mostly active during the summer months, and is believed that its anger causes the seasonal storms.

(Art by Kenya Marshall)

Inkanyamba

Dragon/Sea Serpent

Origins- Zulu

Habitat - Lake Waterfall

The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent rumoured to be liking in a waterfall lake area in near Piermaritzburg north forests, or at the base of Howick Falls, South Africa.

The creature is described a large serpent with a head shaped like a horse, some have said it has large wings like a bird or even a bat. The Inkanyamba is mostly active during the summer months, and is believed that its anger causes the seasonal storms.

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Art by AlectorFencer
An expansion of the  Oshunmare/Aido Hwedo Focusing more on the Fon legend instead of the Yoruba one.
Dragon/Serpent
Before the Earth was formed the genderless Creator God, named Nana-Buluku by the Fon people of Dahomey, created a companion dragon called Aido Hwedo who was both male and female.It was a dragon able to move with ease between Heaven and Earth who carried the Creator in its mouth. They travelled together into the physical realms to create the world as we know it. Each night when Aido Hwedo and the Creator rested, the dragon’s dung piled high making mountains filled with hidden treasure, nourishing the Earth so plants and great trees could grow. As the dragon writhed back and forth across the face of the Earth, it carved twisting valleys and coursing waterways. With the Creator’s direction (ie. the Word) and the dragon’s actions, the Earth was formed through hard work and spirit, the very essence of co-operation and co-creation.
When the work was finished the world was bountiful, but heavily laden with trees and large animals, mountains and villages. The Creator feared the Earth would collapse under its own weight. Aido Hwedo offered to support the world by coiling under it in a circular fashion its tail in its great mouth. The Creator knew Aido Hwedo detested the heat and created a great cosmic ocean for it to sleep in. Red monkeys who lived in the sea were directed to attend to Aido Hwedo’s needs by feeding the dragon iron bars whenever hunger came. In this myth it was important for the monkeys to keep the dragon eternally fed, otherwise it would start to eat its own tail and the world would surely be destroyed.Like the red monkey’s with the iron bars, we must remember our responsibility to nourish the link which bridges our transcendent and physical natures. When spirit and action meet our world can begin to heal and sustain itself.

Art by AlectorFencer

An expansion of the  Oshunmare/Aido Hwedo Focusing more on the Fon legend instead of the Yoruba one.

Dragon/Serpent

Before the Earth was formed the genderless Creator God, named Nana-Buluku by the Fon people of Dahomey, created a companion dragon called Aido Hwedo who was both male and female.It was a dragon able to move with ease between Heaven and Earth who carried the Creator in its mouth. They travelled together into the physical realms to create the world as we know it. Each night when Aido Hwedo and the Creator rested, the dragon’s dung piled high making mountains filled with hidden treasure, nourishing the Earth so plants and great trees could grow. As the dragon writhed back and forth across the face of the Earth, it carved twisting valleys and coursing waterways. With the Creator’s direction (ie. the Word) and the dragon’s actions, the Earth was formed through hard work and spirit, the very essence of co-operation and co-creation.

When the work was finished the world was bountiful, but heavily laden with trees and large animals, mountains and villages. The Creator feared the Earth would collapse under its own weight. Aido Hwedo offered to support the world by coiling under it in a circular fashion its tail in its great mouth. The Creator knew Aido Hwedo detested the heat and created a great cosmic ocean for it to sleep in. Red monkeys who lived in the sea were directed to attend to Aido Hwedo’s needs by feeding the dragon iron bars whenever hunger came. In this myth it was important for the monkeys to keep the dragon eternally fed, otherwise it would start to eat its own tail and the world would surely be destroyed.

Like the red monkey’s with the iron bars, we must remember our responsibility to nourish the link which bridges our transcendent and physical natures. When spirit and action meet our world can begin to heal and sustain itself.


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The Nyami Nyami, otherwise known as the Zambezi River God or Zambezi spirit snake
Origins -Tonga tribe of Zimbabwe and Zambia
 
is one of the most important gods of Tonga . Nyami Nyami is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance in difficult times. The River God is usually portrayed as male.
Variously described as having the body of a snake and the head of a fish, a whirlpool or a river dragon, the Nyami Nyami is seen as the god of Zambezi Valley and the river before the creation of the Kariba Dam. The Nyami Nyami is regularly depicted as a snake-like being and can be found as pendants on jewellery, usually carved out of wood, stone or bone, occasionally ivory, silver or gold both as a fashion accessory and as a good luck charm

The Nyami Nyami, otherwise known as the Zambezi River God or Zambezi spirit snake

Origins -Tonga tribe of Zimbabwe and Zambia

 

is one of the most important gods of Tonga . Nyami Nyami is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance in difficult times. The River God is usually portrayed as male.

Variously described as having the body of a snake and the head of a fish, a whirlpool or a river dragon, the Nyami Nyami is seen as the god of Zambezi Valley and the river before the creation of the Kariba Dam. The Nyami Nyami is regularly depicted as a snake-like being and can be found as pendants on jewellery, usually carved out of wood, stone or bone, occasionally ivory, silver or gold both as a fashion accessory and as a good luck charm

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(Artwork by Kenya Marshall)
Ninki Nanka
Deadly
Swamp dwelling Dragon
Origins - Gambia
The Ninki Nanka is a legendary creatures, as very few have seen it its description often varies but it said to resemble a komodo dragon. According to tradition the creature lived in the swamps and is extremely dangerous. In folk-tales children who get too confident and disoey their parents order to play in the swamp will be taken by the Ninki Nanka. The story of this swamp dragon has spread from tribe to tribe all over Africa.

(Artwork by Kenya Marshall)

Ninki Nanka

Deadly

Swamp dwelling Dragon

Origins - Gambia

The Ninki Nanka is a legendary creatures, as very few have seen it its description often varies but it said to resemble a komodo dragon. According to tradition the creature lived in the swamps and is extremely dangerous. In folk-tales children who get too confident and disoey their parents order to play in the swamp will be taken by the Ninki Nanka. The story of this swamp dragon has spread from tribe to tribe all over Africa.

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Ouagadou-Bida
Deadly
Flying/Serpent Dragon
Origins- Kingdom of Ghana

 
The tale of Ouagadou-Bida is said to be the tale of the fall of the Kingdom of Ghana.
In the capital city of the Kingdom of Ghana there was a sacred grove. A serpent spirit lived in a cave within the grove. This was Ougadou-Bida, protector of the tribes of the Ghana kings. Through the protection of the kings, the whole kingdom was protected.
Every year, a girl would be sacrificed to the serpent. One year a girl called Sia was selected. Her fiance Amadou Sefedokote decided to stop this by killing the serpent-spirit. Hiding behind a tree, he waited for the serpent to come out of its cave.
He attempted to kill the serpent by chopping off its head, but the head simply regrew. Amadou did not give up, and kept chopping off the serpent’s head only for it to regrow. After seven times, the serpent finally died. Amadou and Sia escaped the city.
Without the spirit to protect Ghana, a drought fell across the Kingdom killing crops and animals. It is said that the people of Ghana became nomads, and Ghana was no more.
This name can be spelt in several ways, including Ougadou-Bida and Wagadoo-Bida.

Ouagadou-Bida

Deadly

Flying/Serpent Dragon

Origins- Kingdom of Ghana

The tale of Ouagadou-Bida is said to be the tale of the fall of the Kingdom of Ghana.

In the capital city of the Kingdom of Ghana there was a sacred grove. A serpent spirit lived in a cave within the grove. This was Ougadou-Bida, protector of the tribes of the Ghana kings. Through the protection of the kings, the whole kingdom was protected.

Every year, a girl would be sacrificed to the serpent. One year a girl called Sia was selected. Her fiance Amadou Sefedokote decided to stop this by killing the serpent-spirit. Hiding behind a tree, he waited for the serpent to come out of its cave.

He attempted to kill the serpent by chopping off its head, but the head simply regrew. Amadou did not give up, and kept chopping off the serpent’s head only for it to regrow. After seven times, the serpent finally died. Amadou and Sia escaped the city.

Without the spirit to protect Ghana, a drought fell across the Kingdom killing crops and animals. It is said that the people of Ghana became nomads, and Ghana was no more.

This name can be spelt in several ways, including Ougadou-Bida and Wagadoo-Bida.

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Oshunmare, Oxumare, Oshunmaire, Aida Hwedo 
Origins -Yoruba/Dahomey
Celesitial
Friendly
Reptilian/Dragon
Oshunmare is a giant rainbow serpent that is of both sexes and represents procreation and is said to be the link the the world of the mudane to the world of the ancestors and is part of the wider Orisha pantheon. Zhe is known to live in deep waters and sleep in the mud in dry seasons, zhe also flies through sky as a beautiful rainbow bringing down droplets of water to replenish crops.

Oshunmare, Oxumare, Oshunmaire, Aida Hwedo 

Origins -Yoruba/Dahomey

Celesitial

Friendly

Reptilian/Dragon

Oshunmare is a giant rainbow serpent that is of both sexes and represents procreation and is said to be the link the the world of the mudane to the world of the ancestors and is part of the wider Orisha pantheon. Zhe is known to live in deep waters and sleep in the mud in dry seasons, zhe also flies through sky as a beautiful rainbow bringing down droplets of water to replenish crops.