Waaq (also Waq or Waaqa) is the name of God in the traditional Oromo and Somali religions of East Africa.


In Oromo culture, prior to the introduction of Abrahamic religions, Waaq denoted the single supreme and universal deity. Waaq created the universe with opposing but complementary and interdependent forces (such as night and day, young and old) in fine balance. This balance is called safuu (akin to the concept of Yin and yang), and the well-being of the universe depends on its maintenance.[1]


"Waaq," in the Somali language, is the sound of the crow, which according to legend was an object of worship among ancient Somalis. In fact, the word meaning "prayer" in Somali, tuko, is similar to the word for crow, tuke. There are places in Somalia called Caabudwaaq and Ceelwaaq, which denote "worshiping Waaq" and "the well of Waaq" respectively.


1. ^ Oromo religion. Retrieved on 2007-01-09.

General approaches
Agnosticism Atheism
Deism Dystheism
Henotheism Ignosticism
Monism Monotheism
Natural theology Nontheism
Pandeism Panentheism
Pantheism Polytheism
Theism Theology

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Oromo are an indigenous African ethnic group found in Ethiopia and to a lesser extent in Kenya . They are the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia, at 32.1% of the population according to the 1994 census, and today numbering around 40 million.
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Somalis are an ethnic group located in the Horn of Africa. The overwhelming majority of Somalis speak the Somali language, which is part of the Cushitic subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
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East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easternmost region of the African continent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. In the UN scheme of geographic regions, 19 territories constitute Eastern Africa:

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Abrahamic religion is a term commonly used to designate the three prevalent monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam[][] – which claim Abraham (Hebrew: Avraham
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deity or god is a postulated preternatural or supernatural being, who is always of significant power, worshipped, thought holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, or respected by human beings.
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Yin and yang (Simplified Chinese: 阴阳; Traditional Chinese: 陰陽; Pinyin: yīnyáng
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