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The Probert Encyclopaedia of Other Mythology

KAANG

In the mythology of the Bushpeople of Botswana, Kaang (Cagn, Kho, Thora) created the world and everything in it. At first he lived in harmony with human beings, his sons Cogaz and Gewi marrying mortal wives and one of his daughters married a human chief. He spent his time fighting Gauna, lord of death. At one time he was killed by Gauna's creatures the thorns, but he reassembled his skeleton and lived again. However, as human beings forgot his importance he decided to leave the Earth and went to live in the Sky as a disembodied spirit, taking with him the secret of immortality and leaving humans to be preyed upon by Gauna.
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KADLU

In Inuit mythology, the Kadlu were three sisters who lived in the sky and made thunder and lightning by scrubbing sealskins together.
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KAHIT

In Wintun mythology, Kahit is the wind god.
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KALA

In Javanese and Balinese mythology, Kala is the god of time and death. He would appear to people when they were due to die.
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KALAMAINU

In Polynesian mythology, Kalamainu and Kilioa are two lizard women who keep the souls of the dead imprisoned.
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KALMA

In Finnish mythology, Kalma was the goddess of death and decay. In the Upper World she haunted graves, snatching the flesh of the dead. In Tuonela, the Underworld, she lived in an invisible country guarded by the flesh-eating monster Surma.
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KALUNGA

In Ndonga mythology, Kalunga is the creator of all things, the supreme god.
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KALVAITIS

In Lithuanian mythology, Kalvaitis was the blacksmith god who each day remade the sun disc, sending it red-hot across the sky.
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KAPO

In Hawaiian mythology, Kapo is a fertility god.
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KATHIRAT

In Canaanite mythology, the Kathirat were the wise goddesses.
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KELPIE

In Scottish mythology, a Kelpie is a being sometimes described as having the appearance of a man, and in that guise wooing maidens; and at other times resembling a shaggy horse. It is associated with the sea and with rivers, and was believed to proclaim the fate of those about to be drowned.
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KERANA

In Guarani mythology, Kerana is the goddess of sleep.
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KHUNO

In Aymara mythology, Khuno is the god of snowstorms.
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KIANDA

In Angolan mythology, Kianda is the god of the sea and the fish in it.
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KIBUKA

In Baganda mythology, Kibuka is the god of a war, and brother of Mukasa.
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KINIE GER

In Australian Aborigine mythology, Kinie Ger was a ruthless and murderous beast with the head and body of a cat but the limbs of a man who went around killing innocent people, animals and birds. He was killed by the owl and the crow who ambushed him when he came to drink at a water hole.
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KISHI

In Angolan folklore, a Kishi is an evil spirit. It is a demon with two faces on its head. One face resembles that of a normal man, and the other is the face of a hyena with big strong teeth and powerful jaw muscles.
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KOBOLD

In Germany folk-lore, the Kobold is a species of elf corresponding to the English goblin, and the Scottish brownie. The kobold is connected with a house or a family, and appears in bodily shape. Though inclined to mischievous teasing, they do on the whole more good than evil to men, except when irritated. They frequent mines as well as houses, and the metal cobalt has its name from this spirit.
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KOSTRUBONKO

In Russian mythology, Kostrubonko is god of the spring.
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KOTHAR-U-KHASIS

In Canaanite mythology, Kothar-u-Khasis was the god of craftsmanship.
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KUBABA

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Kubaba was an ancient goddess of Carchemish, adopted by the Hittites and later by the Phrygians as Cybele. Kubaba was depicted as a mother goddess holding a mirror and a pomegranate.
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KUI

In Chinese mythology, Kui was the god who brought success in examinations. Originally he was a mortal youth who combined vast intelligence with a face so ugly that although he came top in the civil service exams, the Emperor refused to employ him, where upon he killed himself and the gods set him in the sky as a star, overseeing all examination candidates.
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KUL

In Syrian mythology, the Kul were monsters - half fish and half human - which lurked at the bottom of lakes, and whose progeny infested wells, poisoning the water unless they were appeased. The Kul were susceptible to both singing and flattery, so they could be won over with songs of praise.
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KULLERVO

In Finnish mythology, Kullervo was a son of Kalervo. When Kalervo was murdered, Kullervo was sold into slavery to the wife of Ilmarinen. She taunted and tormented Kullervo until one day he changed all her cattle into wolves and bears which tore her to pieces allowing him to escape.
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KUMU-HONUA

In Hawaiian mythology, Kumu-Honua was the first man. He and his wife Lalo- Honua were given a fine garden in which to live by Kane.
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KUMUSH

In Modoc mythology, Kumush (Kemush) was the being that brought human beings to earth as bones from the spirit world which when scattered across the earth became the various peoples.
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KURI

In Hausa mythology, Kuri is a black hyena spirit who causes paralysis.
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KUU

In Finnish mythology, Kuu was the moon formed from the whites of the celestial duck-eggs laid in the crook of Luonnotar's knee. Kuu's light streamed across the world, glittering on the ice-fields and these glitters passing into the ground as silver.
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KWAI-YIN

In Chinese mythology, Kwai-Yin is the wife of Shang Te. She is the mother of mothers, a goddess with a thousand arms and sits upon a throne made of the sacred Lotus.
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KYAI BLORONG

In Javanese mythology, Kyai Blorong is a servant of the Sea-Goddess. He has a fish tail and 1,000 arms and legs and is covered in golden scales. he lives in a palace on the sea-bed with a roof made of skeletons held aloft by pillars of living men, these men being the worse sinners who have become prisoners of their own greed.
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