Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Tswana people of southern Africa have an oral tradition that says Tauetona was the first human created. In the beginning of all things, God created Tauetona, who then worked with God to create other humans who were his brothers and sisters, as well as animals, birds, and fish. The Earth was peaceful, and the humans and animals lived among each other in harmony. All of the plants were bountiful, and the land seemed divinely serene. The land was called Tbaya Banna , meaning “The Place of the Beginning of Humanity.” However, as things turned out, all was not as peaceful as it could have been and as God and Tauetona wanted it to be. They soon discovered that there was discord because all of the animals had wives, but men did not have wives. They were disgruntled and felt ...