By Aloysius Muzzanganda Lugira
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There is no object or creature, there is no corner of the Earth, that is not inhabited by spirits. The more something commands awe—by its size, beauty, or power—the more that thing becomes identified with spirits. sPiRiTuAL guARDiAns Spirits, no matter at which level they may be, inspire some sense of superhumanity. One example of this is those spirits designated as spiritual Protection from Enemies guardians. Spiritual guardians are a varied group. Among them are ancestors and the The Galla people of Ethiopia and Kenya in East Africa call on spiritual spirits of departed heroes.
These gods have been brought into being as functionaries in the God-centered government of the universe. They are the divinities who do the spiritual work of managing the human world, and they are the ones people call on in times of trouble. They are local gods, intimately connected with local situations. Each of them is the god of a particular people with a specific function in ordering the total life of the community. Under their various names and functions the divinities form the pantheon of gods in each particular locality.
While some Baganda divinities are connected to nature, the majority are hero or ancestor gods who have been raised to the status of divinity. ” It is the name both of heaven and of the sky god. Ggulu is thus the divinity next to Katonda, the Supreme Being. In Buganda lore the wife of the founder of the Buganda kingdom was the daughter of Ggulu, who came 58 African Traditional Religion to Earth from heaven with her brother Walumbe. The Buganda people originate with her, and therefore from heaven.
African Traditional Religion by Aloysius Muzzanganda Lugira