At the beginning of the world, God created two people, Mulonga and Mwinambuzhi,
who were to become the first man and woman. When God created them, they had not
yet been differentiated into male and female. They did not have reproductive
organs. In fact, they were lacking in the things which would enable them to
relieve themselves. This made them very uncomfortable. So Mulonga went to God
to seek help. When God heard their problems, he realized that he had left out
some important things. So he gave Mulonga two small packets and said, "One is
yours and one is for Mwinambuzhi. Take them home and before you go to bed, put
one packet in your crotch and tell your companion to place the other packet in
So Mulonga took the packets and began his journey home immediately. However the
journey was a long one and he became very weary. He laid down and went to
sleep, but before he slept he put his packet in his crotch. In the morning when
he got up he was surprised. He had been changed into a male and the other
things which he had lacked had also been provided. He picked up the packet
which he had been ordered to give to Mwinambuzhi, but he noticed that it had a
bad odor and he threw it away saying, "It’s rotten, and besides it’s heavy."
He continued on his journey and when he arrived home, Mwinambuzhi noticed that
he had been changed. So she asked him, "What happened to you?" He told her
what God had instructed him to do, but did not tell her about the packet which
God had sent to Mwinambuzhi. Mwinambuzhi decided to go to God and get some
medicine too. When she found God, she told him her problem. God said in
surprise, "Didn’t Mulonga give you the packet I sent along for you?"
Mwinambuzhi replied, "No, he only told me about his packet." So God gave
Mwinambuzhi another packet with the instructions. She followed the instructions
and when she awoke in the morning she found her missing parts and that she was
in possession of female reproductive organs.
Then something new happened to them. They desired each other and they had
intercourse. However afterwards they felt strange and afraid of this new thing
of knowing one another. They decided to go to God and tell him about it because
they had their doubts. God heard what they said and told them not to fear
knowing one another because this was the way in which they would conceive and
bear children. After that Mulonga and Mwinambuzhi bore many children and cared
for them and their family grew. These children were named Kyulu, Bowa, etc., and
were the parents of various clans.
One day God said
to Mulonga, "Why did you not carry out the orders I gave you regarding the two
packets for you and your companion? Why did you throw hers away?" Then God
said, "You did a bad thing when you did that. Therefore as punishment from now
on, when a man marries a woman, he will have to pay a dowry."