The ABCs of ABC – E

E is for… Emela-ntouka

The Emela-ntouka is a big one-horned creature with a heavy crocodilian tail. It is also a surviving ceratopsian dinosaur because there’s no way sub-Saharan people could come up with it on their own.


  1. Alright, please don’t take this the wrong way, but isn’t it just as ethnocentric to assume that the people who talk about these beings are “making it up”? Either way, somebody’s beliefs are being seen as something that couldn’t possibly be true according to our Western viewpoint. Whether you think it’s a dinosaur or someone’s imagination, it’s still ignoring how there are people who say that they saw an Emela Ntouka and that’s what they truly believe they saw. I’m not trying to be an outright “social justice warrior” about it but you should be a little more careful. Some of the creatures you talk about are parts of people’s religions and should be treated with respect that is all too often not paid to indigenous religions.


      • I get that you were being sarcastic. But what I’m contending is that saying that a given mythological creature was “made up” by a people as opposed to it being misidentified by an uneducated populace is just as bad as the viewpoint that you were critiquing on the grounds that both suggest that the people talking about the being in question are ignorant of how the world works (either they are too dumb to recognize an animal known to the more enlightened scientific community or that they are superstitious primitives). Both views stem from the same monotheistic secularism that Western culture tends to uphold. Now, granted, I’m not sure if anyone considers the Emela Ntouka to be a deity but there are some creatures talked about on this site that are in some respect. What I’m saying is that these deserve a bit more delicacy


      • Honestly, I don’t think anything really needs to be “done”. I would say that it’s more of a matter of being cognizant of how things are talked about. It’s hard to do because it’s so ingrained in us to talk about things in a certain way. For instance, it took me a while to stop talking about deities in past tense (because the past tense suggests that the deities in question are “dead” as opposed to “living” religions). Now, that’s a personal one but it’s an example of how major cultural viewpoints influence tiny details


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