Among the Zulu
people Mbaba Mwana Waresa is perhaps their most beloved deity
. First of all, she is credited with giving humanity beer
, as Prometheus
to mortals. She is also the Goddess of Rain, which matters plenty when you practice agriculture
, and accounts for her being lady of the Rainbow
. The gift of beer ought to be enough to ensure eternal popularity for any deity. But she is also celebrated for her commitment to romance
and how the search for true love
led her to wed a simple herdsman
Zulu mythology says that Mbaba Mwana Waresa could not find a suitable husband among the other Gods. Instead she found a mortal, a herdsman named Thandiwe. who sang to her of his love of the land. His song moved her heart and so Goddess and Mortal were united in marriage.
Presumably they tossed down a few pints in celebration.