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  1. Yumboes

    Yumboes, are a kind of fairies in the mythology of the Wolof people on Goree Island. They are described as about two feet in height, and of a pearly-white colour; the latter is an often found property of supernatural beings in African beliefs. The Yomboes are said to have silver hair. The Yumboes live beneath the Paps hills, and come out to dance in the moonlight. They feast on large tables, served by partially invisible servants. The Yumboes eat corn and fish. They do invite both natives and foreigners to their feasts. The alternatively used name Bakhna Rakhna literally means good people, an interesting parallel to the Scottish fairies called Good Neighbours.

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  1. Yumboes

    fairies in African mythology, represented as about two feet in height, and of a white colour.

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