Bumba is the supreme god amongst the Bushongo tribe in the modern day Congo region of Africa. He is actually known as the creator god of vomit…And yes, that sounds a little sordid to say the least! However, when you dig deeper, this ‘vomit’ is merely a metaphor in a creation myth that is both emotionally touching and powerful. Legend has it, that at the beginning of time, the universe was simply darkness. Then out of the darkness came Bumba: Interestingly, he is described as being a pale-skinned giant. However, Bumba was feeling sick and ill. He felt sick and ill for the next few million years, and it was all because he was desperately lonely in the dark, empty universe. His stomach was said to have swelled as he stomach hurt more and more each year, until eventually, staggering and groaning, he vomited up the Sun. Thus, light burst forth and illuminated the universe, and began to give it energy and light. Bumba then choked out the Moon. Then after the Moon, the stars followed, before finally, with one last gasp, he threw up the planet Earth itself. But it doesn’t quite stop there. Although Bumba was feeling slightly better, for the universe was now illuminated by the sun and stars, he vomited up 9 animals, humans and…a pile of diced carrots! Finally Bumba – exhausted from his sickness, but feeling much better now – sat and watched the 9 different animals and humans he had vomited up from his loneliness: Over time he watched them evolve into billions of different species comprising every living thing on Earth, which is a view that mixes both Creationism and Evolution. Happily, all his creations were friendly and respected him, aside from a goddess called Tsetse-Bumba, who stole fire and made a home for her in the sky. She would irritate Bumba and all his creations by wreaking havoc, firing lighting from the sky, just because she was a trickster and was obsessed with the fire element. Eventually Bumba told her she had to have permission to come down to the Earth as lightning, or face destruction. But still, from time to time, she still cannot resist setting fire to things when she feels particularly mischievous! Aside from Tsetse however, Bumba was finally happy that he was no longer alone in the universe, and all his other creations were respectful towards him. After a time, Bumba had 3 sons appear, called Nyonye-Ngana, Chonganda and Chedi-Bumba. Together, they added the finishing touches to the universe and planet Earth, and it’s creation was complete. Bumba had one final friendly discussion with his human creations, before he decided to ascend to heaven forever, never to be seen on the Earthly realm again. Bumba is also known as Mbombo, which is simply an alternative name.