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May 22 2013

How the Turtle got revenge on the Eagle

It happened thus somewhere in Cameroon. Tawny Eagle and Turtle built a village together. One day Turtle went walking in the forest, leaving Eagle at home alone. As soon as Turtle had disappeared in the forest, Eagle seized Turtle’s child and killed it. When Turtle returned from his going, he found his child dead: so …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Zimbabwe, the Water fowl and the Land fowl

There was a water-fowl called a Quasi and a land-fowl called a Chinanga. The Quasi made friends with the Chinanga, and said, ” Now we are brothers.” He came to see him and brought him a fish and said, ” When you come to visit me, you must do the same.” Now some one came …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Zimbabwe, Guineafowl and the little Fowl

A Guinea Fowl and a Fowl became friends ; the Guinea Fowl said, ” Now, we are brothers.” The Fowl went to visit the Guinea Fowl, and found a pot cooking on the fire. By and bye a friend came in and lifted the lid up. In the smoke the Guinea Fowl seemed to come …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Zimbabwe, Ostrich and his little friend

A small wild fowl said to a large one, “Come, let us be friends; you come and eat at my house and I shall eat at yours. “The big one said, “Very well” ; and several times they ate at each other’s houses. At last the big one said, “You must only come twice more …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Zimbabwe, Korhaan and the trees

There was a man who went to make a garden. First of all he cut down all the trees; which had to be cleared away and went home that night to sleep. Next day he came to dig; but there was no longer a clearing, for all the trees were growing again. He cut down …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Rhodesia, The Wood Pigeon and the Child

There was a man and he caught a Wood Pigeon and he put it in a cage. When he went out to work he left the bird at home and he told his Child never to open the door. The first day the Child called all his friends to see it. Next day the Child …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Cameroon, Pigeon and Branch are no longer friends

Mourning Pigeon and Branch-of-Tree had been friends for many years. Truly, their friendship was great. Then one day Pigeon insulted Branch-of-Tree’s wife. “Let us adjust this thing that has come between us, lest our friendship be broken,” said he to Pigeon. “No, the matter will rest as it stands,” answered Pigeon, and then he flew …

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May 20 2013

Folklore Namibia, the Hawk and the Leopard

Leopard and Hawk became friends. One day Leopard went to Hawk’s village to pay him a visit. Hawk said to himself, “What thing is it that I’ll cook for Leopard? I have nothing on hand.” Then he flew up into a tree. A fowl came into the village street, Kpwing! Hawk swooped down and caught …

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May 20 2013

Folklore from Liberia, how the Sparrow fooled the King

The animals choose Eagle king, and feast him. Sparrow wishes to visit Eagle; but Eagle will pay him no attention unless he first drinks a pot full of palm-wine. If Sparrow succeeds in this. Eagle agrees to share with him his kingdom. Sparrow stipulates that after each drink of palm-wine he be allowed to fly …

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May 20 2013

Folklore from Liberia, Brubru and the war with the Snakes

Mother Brubru has a young son of whom she is very fond, and she resolves to teach him “plenty sense.” She takes him out for a lesson in flying. She sets him on the ground, and hops along in front, always looking to the right or left, the front or rear. Young Brubru asks her …

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