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Deng, also known as Denka, is a sky, rain, and fertility god in Dinka mythology for the Dinka people of Sudan and South Sudan. He is the son of the goddess Abuk.[1][2][3][4]

Among the Nuer, Deng is considered to be "a foreign deity" and "a bringer of disease." His daughter is the moon goddess. In Dinka religion, he is a storm and fertility god bringing lightning, rain and thunder.[2][1] The word deng mean rain' in Thuɔŋjäŋ.[1]

Among its followers, Deng is regarded as the intermediary between humans and the supreme being. Closely linked with the supreme god Nhialic, he was regarded as the son of god, and sometimes as the son of the goddess Abuk. In some areas of Dinka country, Deng and Nhialic are "regarded as one and the same".[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Andrews, Tamra, Dictionary of Nature Myths: Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky, Oxford University Press (2000), p. 55, ISBN 9780195136777 [1] (retrieved 17 May 2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jordan, Michael, Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Infobase Publishing (2014), p.74, ISBN 9781438109855[2] (retrieved 17 May 2018)
  3. Granvil, Rocco, The Esoteric Codex: Demons and Deities of Wind and Sky, Lulu (2017), p. 87, ISBN 9781365908248 [3] (retrieved 17 May 2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lynch, Patricia Ann, African Mythology A to Z, Infobase Publishing (2004), p. 29, ISBN 9781438119885 [4] (retrieved 17 May 2018)

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