- African (culture)
- Celestial (attribute)
- Rural (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
A mythical being of Mali mythology who is a half antelope half human being born from the union of the sky goddess Mousso Koroni and the earth spirit cobra. His name means ‘labouring wild animal’. Chiwara descended to earth and there he taught humans how to sow crops so that they could provide food for themselves through farming as opposed to hunting and gathering animals. As the great founder of farming, Chiwara is honored at sowing and harvest festivals.
Chiwara also features in the great Sogow masquerades performed by the Bamana tribes of Mali. In such displays, Chiwara is depicted as a very large and colourful animal. A giant puppet would be created to represent him in the performance.
A Chiwara may also refer to a ritualistic instrument that is used to represent an antelope.
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