Nana Buluku – Goddess of Fertility
Nana Buluku is the Goddess of creation, as well as the grandmother to all of the other Gods, according to West African mythology. She gave birth to Mawu and Lisa, the twins that created all of human race. For this reason, the symbols of Nana Buluku are the clay and the moon. Mawu exudes a wise passion and offers a timely birth. She is a motherly figure that inspires the universe’s abundance and keeps everything in order.
Nana Buluku is an old woman, as old as time itself. People associate her with the color purple as well as fish, water and the moon. After she gave birth, the Supreme mother retired, leaving everything to her children. In her absence, lots of things happened. Mawu-Lisa created lots of imperfect deities as well as humans. Mawu had to work with the trickster Legba to create living beings. Unfortunately, this was a method of creation the combined the good, the bad as well as the destiny for human creations. Only by appeasing the deities can one person change their fate.
Even now, African people practice these kids of rituals.
How to appease Nana Buluku?
Most rituals for Mawu or the Supreme mother involve love-making, so as to invoke her life-giving energy. They even offer prayers when they sow the field, so the goddess will make the land fertile. If you also want to welcome fertility in your life, get a seedling. Name the sprout after one of Mawu’s attributes that you want to gain. Each time you water and nurture the plant, repeat its name and accept Mawu’s gift into your spirit.
And that’s not all. The rituals and beliefs spread over time.
During the colonial era, over 5 million West Africans were captured an enslaved. They were sent across the Atlantic to work on sugarcane, tobacco and cotton plantations. Of course, they brought their religion with them.
Including those about Nana Buluku
This is how the Dutch, French and British West Indies also adopted these rituals and beliefs. Communities in Guyana, Trinidad, Haiti and other Carribbean islands also worship and know about Nana Buluku.
She was a wise and old woman that liked to watch over the Earth and people held her in high regards when it came to health issues. She helped women with problems regarding the womb, aiding in pregnancies. Additionally, she is also a protector of victims of sexual abuse, watching over them and protecting them.