Mythological African Creatures: Yumboes

© Ken WIlson-Max, 2013

Yumboes, are a type of fairies in Wolof mythology (Senegal, West Africa).Legend has it that they live on Goree Island, just off the coast of the capital, Dakar. They are said to about two feet (60 cm) in height, and of a pearly-white colour with silver hair. The Yumboes come out to dance in the moonlight and feast on large tables, served by partially invisible servants whose feet and hands are the only parts visible. Yumboes eat corn and fish and are know to invite human guests to their feasts. Some call them the ‘Bakhna Rakhna’ (good people), just like the Scottish fairies called Good Neighbours.

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I am a children's book illustrator and author of over 60 books. Trained as a graphic designer, I've worked in publishing for over twenty years. Nowadays I work in a small publishing house called Tiny Owl, am co-publisher at another publishing house called Alanna Max and publish a fantastic newspaper for children called chicken!

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