Tsui Goab


Tsui-Goab is the supreme god of the Hottentots, a higher-technical civilization often regarded as a cross between the north-eastern pastoral Hamites and the Bushmen. The origin of Tsui-Goab seems twofold who is by nature a great priest or sorcerer, and belongs to both the immigrants and the national hero, Heitsi-Eibib, a name derived from Heigib, “the great tree” (which reminds one of the Bushman’s Hise, spirit of the bush) who teaches men to hunt, and apparently belongs to the second ethnic group constituting the Hottentot race.

Tsui-Goab, whose cult is celebrated when the Pleiades appear, lives in the Red Sky where he commands storms, sends rain, and speaks with the voice of thunder. His name means “Wounded knee,” and in the Black Sky lives his adversary who is frequently identified with the Bushmen’s Gauna or Gaunab, chief of the dead. Tsui-Goad kills Gaunab, but first is wounded in the knee during a fight and thereafter walks with a limp. A.G.H.


Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965. p. 521