African deities/pantheon?

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African deities/pantheon?

Planescape has a lot of Powers - both made-up ones like Mystra and Boccob, and a bunch of real-world ones like Odin, Zeus, Shiva, etc. It covers a lot of ground (and gods not specifically mentioned in Planescape often turn up in other material - i.e. the Aztec deities on Oerth.) But African Powers seem to have been left out (other than the Egyptian pantheon, of course.) Which African deities do you think would make good additions to a Planscape campaign? (The Yoruba people seem to have an interesting bunch... but I've just started looking.) Ideas/suggestions?

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Anansi

Not being an expert on any of the religions native to Africa (except Egyptian), I'm afraid that I won't have too much to offer.
The one that leaps immediately to mine is Anansi, a trickster spider god with a lot of power and personality. There are a number of entertaining stories around him.
I always thought of trying to tie him in as a contrast to or as a positive reflection of Lolth; but I never worked out anything really good with that germ of an idea

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Another thing

The only other thing that leaps to mind is that if you do create a mishmash of gods from Africa (the way the official books did for Native American cultures), I would still recommend retaining some elements of the originals.
In the west African religions, there was a slight fixation (at least from what I remember) with the idea of twins (also common in Meso-American beliefs). Many heroes and pairs of gods were twins - even some combinations that aren't immediately obvious (e.g. I am remembering twin goddesses - one of the sea and one of love; and one pair of twin gods of lightning and of blacksmiths - my memories on this last pair are really vague)
But retaining some element like the twin fascination might give the pantheon a unique feel without too much effort on your part

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I actually wasn't going for a

I actually wasn't going for a mishmash, but treating each African culture/group's pantheon separately (i.e. the Yoruba pantheon not being mixed in with other African deities, but being its own group). Of course, there are a LOT of them, so I was just going to pick a few of the more interesting ones (from my perspective...)

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I was thinking that because

I was thinking that because the River Maat in the Outlands is roughly the outer planar equivalent of the Nile, there should be a realm in the Outlands, the source of the River Maat, that corresponds to Lake Victoria with the gods of its cultures surrounding it. These would include the Masai supreme deity, Ngai, god of rain and the sky, whose realm would probably be in the sky above the Outlands. Ngai has two aspects who eternally fight each other, one being black and good, while the other is red and wicked.

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Ooh, that's a great idea!

Ooh, that's a great idea!

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African deities/pantheon?

During the height of Planescape (it's initial release alongside other genres such as Dark Sun & Ravenloft), I created my own mythos based on a simple principle. Mythos of a people with limited exposure to certain stimuli tends to center only around those things they need to survive or define their surroundings; i.e. sun, rain, nature (food/clothing/medicine) and death. I'd have to look through a mound of stored papers to unearth that gem but it was drafted in the Deities & Demigods format.

Also, you can try this site: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/african-mythology.php for additional ideas.

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Interesting stuff! Thanks for

Interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing the link Agamemmnon.