Kaang is the creator god of the Bushmen of southern Africa and is said to have made all things. He is regarded as the god of natural phenomena, present in all things, but especially the mantis and caterpillar.
The Bushmen believe that they used to live underground with the animals until Kaang brought them all above the ground. This is their theory of their creation.
Receiving disobedience from the first men he had created, Kaang sent fire and destruction to Earth. He was met with such opposition in the world that he moved his abode from the earth to the top of the sky.
It is also said Kaang created the moon from an old shoe, and that with his wife Coti he bore two sons, Cogaz and Gewi.
Kaang has many myths attached to him and could be considered an epic hero. In one myth, he was eaten by an ogre, who then vomited him back up. In another, he was killed by thorns and his boned picked clean by ants, but Kaang reassembled his skeleton and rose again.
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