October 8th, 2008 by sabrina

Quabso is the Sandawe Goddess of the moon and rain. The Sandawe of Tanzania say that the moon lived in the south and the sun lived in the north, until one day when he saw the moon and fell in love with her. The sun, later called Matunda, came south to be with the moon and they were married. Quabso rules over fertility and growth, which explains why women’s cycles follow that of the moon. The courtship of Quabso and Matunda is remembered in the ritual phek’umo dance, which promotes the land’s fertility.

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