Mawu is a creator goddess, associated with the sun and moon. After creating the earth and all life and everything else on it. She asked Awe, a monkey she had also created, to help out and make some more animals out of clay, he boasted to the other animals and challenged Mawu. Mawu can give Sekpoli - the breath of life. him a bowl of porridge with the seed of death in it and reminded him that only she could give life and that she could also take it away.