African - Creator-god and sky-god of the Efik. Husband of Atai. He reluctantly allowed his two children to descend to earth but imposed conditions that they neither mated nor engaged in agriculture, returning to heaven for their meals. Inevitably, the pair mated and soon the earth was fully populated. Abassi endowed these people with the gift of argument and instituted death, so that, since then, men have quarrelled and killed each other. Known as Abassi, 'god', 'god' or Ngala.

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