The Zulu people of South Africa called the rainbow Utingo Lwenkosikasi, Arch of the Queen, believing it to form part of the Queen of Heaven’s hut, and to the Baganda (Uganda) the rainbow god Musoke is a wholly benevolent divinity, patron of fishermen. However many African people believe the rainbow is a sign of great ill omen, probably because they associate it with the end of rain storms, and rain is very precious to them. A.G.H.


Savil, Sheila. Pears Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends. “Western and Northern Europe, Central and Southern Africa.” London. Pelham Books Ltd. 1977. p. 157