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Buluku is the progenitor of the Vodū, an extra-dimensional race worshiped as gods by the tribes of Africa.


Origins

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He participated in the Council of Godheads as Buluku, and as Ndriananahary[8][8] (his name by the Malagasy-speaking people of Madagascar),[1] of the Razanes.[12] As Ndriananahary, he was also lord of the underworld Iku.[13]

Buluku is also the arbitrator between the Orishas (gods of sky and heaven) and the Loa (gods of earth and the underworld).[13]

For the Baganda people of the African Great Lakes region, Buluku, as Mukasa, sired their War god Kibuka.[1]

For the Baoulé of West Africa, he was Alouroua and fathered Ghekre, the Gorilla God of Wakanda's Jabari tribe.[1]

Possible appearances in Mbangawi

The Maasai sky god Engai, occasionally manifesting in Mbangawi, may be another name for the creator god Mulungu, one of the alias of Buluku.[4]

16th century

In the 16th century, Dam-Ayido Wede benefited of the Atlantic slave trade usurping his grandfather's role as the Sky Father and creator of the world, as Damballah.[10] Buluku himself became known as Olōdūmarē[6] or Olodumare to the practitioners of Cuban Santeria.[1]

Powers

Buluku possesses greater powers than any of the other African gods, his omnipotence being represented in unique aspect in each of the Vodū twins.[14] The use of his powers have yet to be revealed.



  • This deity possibly exist as separate entities for his different names and/or aspects.
    • For example it is known that Buluku and Ndriananahary are the same entity,[1] but Buluku and Ndriananahary are listed as separate members of the Council of Godheads.[8][8]
    • Despite Buluku is known to be the grandfather to Damballah and Sagbata, respectively god of the dead and god of death, their relation to Ndriananahary, lord of the underworld, is "undefined".[10]
  • Some gods could be in fact just alternate spellings of his name, like Nyame could also be:
    • Nyambe, the Orisha Great Spirit.[8]
    • Nyami of the Orishas of Wakanda.[7]
    • "Nzambi", the Kikongo word[15] for a creator deity.[16]
    • In our reality, Ngi is the son of the supreme creator god Zamba, Ngi and his brothers N'Kokon (mantis) the wise, Otukut (lizard) the fool, and Wo (chimpanzee) the curious,[17] it is not clear whether or not Zamba may be another name for Buluku on Earth-616, where Ngi is one of the gorilla deities worshiped by the Jabari tribe.[18]

There isn't a Buluku in African mythology, but there is a Nana Buluku (female) who is the Supreme Being in the West African traditional religion of the Fon people and the Ewe people. Nana Buluku is is equivalent to Gaea. Nana Buluku is equivalent to Gaea, on Earth-616, Gaea (as Nana) and Buluku are the parents of the orishas and loa.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Vodū's entry
  2. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #13
  3. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Anansi's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Marvel Atlas #1; Mbangawi's entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 Daredevil Father #3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Daredevil Father #2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Black Panther Vol 6 #15
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3; Council of Godheads' entry Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Council of Godheads' entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Council of Godheads' entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Council of Godheads' entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Council of Godheads' entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Council of Godheads' entry" defined multiple times with different content
  9. 9.0 9.1 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #17
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Damballah's entry Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "; Damballah's entry" defined multiple times with different content
  11. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Demons' entry
  12. Marvel Universe: The End #2
  13. 13.0 13.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3; Council of Godheads
  14. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Vodū's entry
  15. Captain America: Hail Hydra #3
  16. Nzambi a Mpungu at Wikipedia
  17. Zamba (god) at Wikipedia
  18. Jabari at Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe



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