The Winti Pantheon
The Winti religion recognizes four pantheons, each with its own particular theological society of gods and spirits, divided into male, female, and child gods, of which most have retained their African names and characteristics. The four pantheons of air, Earth, water, and forest consist of the following gods:
1. The Tapu-Winti or Tapu Kromanti gods of the air, universes, and cosmos.
Wooding states that these Tapu-Winti are popular #gods in the Para region of Suriname because these gods are known to have come directly from Africa along with the ancestors. The belief is that these gods selected the people from Para and protected them. They are all high gods that are particularly concerned with the spiritual cleanliness of the people. The colors with which they are associated are white, blue, and black. The word Kromantiin Winti indicates sacred black African nobility. It is also a sacred spiritual language only spoken by Winti spiritual leaders.
Among the pantheon of the Tapu-Winti, there are seven gods. The first is Opete. This god dominates the pantheon of the air or cosmos gods and is associated with thunder. He is endowed with knowledge and wisdom. He maintains the contact between the pantheon and God the Creator and also with Africa from whence he originates. The word opete means vulture in Fante-Akan, and its meaning remains the same in this area, although it refers to the king of all vultures. There are six other associate gods in this pantheon, but they are all subordinate to the Opete Kromanti (see Figure 1). 2. The Sjoro-weno are gods of the Earth.
The commanding gods in this category are the kondre Aisa. They are notably female, they are the god of a village or a particular group of villages, and they give protection to that specific community. Mbiti points out that, in the #Akan tradition, the Earth is also considered a female divinity. The lesser gods in the Earth category are particular clan gods. The word bere or lo refers to the clan.
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