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"A warrior shaman received a vision from the panther goddess Bast, who led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that granted him superhuman strength, speed and instincts. The warrior became king and the first Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda."

Bashenga was the first Black Panther and King of Wakanda.


Bashenga as a Warrior Shaman

According to Wakandan lore, Bashenga was once a warrior shaman at a time when the five tribes of Wakanda were warring over control of an alien metal unique to their region.

Bashenga had a vision of the goddess Bast, who led him to a powerful herb that had grown from soil imbued with the metal's unique properties. Bast instructed Bashenga to consume the herb, and in the process gain the power to unite the warring tribes into a powerful nation.

Bashenga became the first king of Wakanda, his descendants forming the Golden Tribe. After his death, Mount Bashenga was named after him.[1]

Powers and Abilities


Bashenga's powers manifesting his body

  • Heart-Shaped Herb Enhancement: After consuming the Heart-Shaped Herb, Bashenga's physical attributes were greatly enhanced to levels comparable to a super soldier. These powers are long-lasting, at least until the user drinks a serum to negate the powers of the herb.
    • Enhanced Strength: Bashenga's strength is tremendously enhanced beyond the peak of human potential, moving into the early levels of superhuman condition.
    • Enhanced Speed: Likewise, Bashenga can move at extraordinary speed.


  • Leadership: As the King of Wakanda, Bashenga held political power around his nation, and a vast influence over his people. Under his reign, all but one of Wakanda's tribes were united into a confederation that has endured for thousands of years.







  • In the comics, Bashenga was the first to hold the title of Black Panther and formed the Panther Cult so that anyone holding the title would guard Wakanda against intruders.


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