Sunday, April 10, 2011

Olapa is the Maasai Goddess of the new moon. She is married to Enkai, the God of the sun. One day, the two had a terrible fight and both were left with many scars on their faces. Enkai was so embarrassed that he began to shine as brightly as he could, so that no one could look upon his face and see his scars. Olapa, on the other hand, was not embarrased by her scars, so she did not increase the light that she gives. At the time of the new moon, people ask Olapa to grant them a long life and throw a stone in tribute to her. Pregnant women similarly ask her for an easy birth.

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