African - A supreme god of the Chagga in Tanzania. Ruwa made the first humans, who were immortal, and placed them in a garden on earth where they were forbidden to eat the fruit of just one plant, the yam called Utaho. The serpent of death tempted them and they ate some of the yam, losing their immortality. The plant itself was taken up to heaven and restored. Another version says that Ruwa gave humans the power to renew themselves by sloughing their skins as a snake does. This worked for some time but eventually failed. In some references, identified as Ruwa.

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