All cultures and religions have their creation stories. One creation story is of the God Doondari who created the world from a drop of milk.
The Fulani are a nomadic group of about 40 million, spread across West Africa’s Sahel region. According to the Fulani, the world was created by a supreme being named Doondari.
Although the creation story of Doondari has been around for generations. It only gained popularity in the outside world, when it was published as a piece of poetry in Ulli Beier’s The Origin of Life and Death: African Creation Myths (1966):
How The World Was Created From A Drop OF Milk
At the beginning there was a huge drop of milk
Then Doondari (God) came and he created the stone.
Then the stone created iron;
And iron created fire;
And fire created water;
And water created air.
The Doondari descended a second time. And he took the five elements
And he shaped them into man.
But man was proud.
Then Doondari created blindness and blindness defeated man.
But when blindness became too proud,
Doondari created sleep, and sleep defeated blindness;
But when sleep became too proud,
Doondari created worry, and worry defeated sleep;
But when worry became too proud,
Doondari created death, and death defeated worry.
But when death became too proud,
Doondari descended for the third time,
And he came as Gueno, the eternal one
And Gueno defeated death.