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Ajok

by Dr Anthony E. Smart
The god of the Lotuko, a Sudanese people. It was believed that he was benevolent, but only if men chose to keep him so. Family strife was seen to be the cue for death to enter the family, and indeed a story is told of a Lotuko mother who implored Ajok to restore her dead child to life. The god obliged, but the woman's husband was angry, and berated his wife, killing the child. Ajok, annoyed, declared that never again would he raise a Lotuko, and that from this on, death would be permanent for his people.

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