- African (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Celestial (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
- Sea Serpents (common type)
The mighty serpent in Dahomy mythology, of the Benin people in Africa. He is the mount of the Creation Goddess Mawu. It is believed that when creating the earth Aida Hwedo left excrement which became the mountains. Once the world was created, Mawu realized that there were too many large objects on the surface which would bring about war amongst men. So Mawu left her mount inside the crust of the earth to protect the people. To prevent the serpent being overcome by heat, he created the oceans to cool him. However the heat would eventually from time to time be too much which caused Aida Hwedo to shake. This shifting created earthquakes. It is believed that Aida Hwedo lived on a diet of iron bars but when these run out he will eat his own tail bringing about the end of the world. Great care is taken not to ever anger the serpent. At weddings anyone devoted to the god makes expansive offerings to quell any feeling of jealousy.
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