Origin of the Sande Society

In ages gone by there lived a woman called Sande who earned her living fishing. She was so successful that after some years there were no fish left in the rivers of that country. Hearing of a fine river in a nearby land she left her town and went there, and began to fish. The Chief of that land warned her not to walk in a certain part of the…Keep Reading

How Spirit Societies Began

A man was walking through a forest when he came upon a deserted village, and since he was far from home and night was falling, he decided to sleep in one of the village houses. He entered the largest house and climbed into the loft, between the ceiling and the roof. While the man was asleep the moon arose and a Gofe came into the house. A Gofe is an…Keep Reading

A Riddle of Two Women

Two rich women who lived in the same town fell in live with a poor man who lived in the forest. The first woman built him a fine house and garden, and put cattle and goats in the nearby fields, and sent a messenger to bring him in. The second woman into the forest to find the poor man; she gave him rich food and wine, and brought him back…Keep Reading

Leopard and Black Deer

While playing in the forest Black Deer met Leopard, and finding it too late to run she begged for mercy. “Quickly tell me three true things foremost in your mind,” said Leopard, “and I will let you go.” Deer thought. “This is the first,” he said. “If I return home and tell my friends I met you, they will call me a liar.” “Excellent,” Leopard declared. “Go on.” “The second…Keep Reading

How Quilla Humbled a Crocodile

In some unknown city by a river — the name was forgotten long ago — the people were so rich and lazy they spent all their time at gambling. They gambled day and night, and even animals and spirits came to join them. A farmer whose name was Quilla came down the river in his canoe seeking land to farm; he brought his wife and baby girl with him. He…Keep Reading

How Three Men Saved a Woman From Lausing

Three men fell in love with a beautiful maiden. Each man wanted to marry her, but since all of them were poor her father said: “I shall not give my only daughter to a poor man. Go then, and return with riches; do not return without them.” The three men went away to a distant land and worked for a powerful Chief. The Chief was pleased with their work and…Keep Reading

How Spider’s Waist Became So Thin

Two neighboring villages planned to hold feasts on the same day. Nan-sii, the greedy Spider, wished to attend each feast, but did not know which one would start first. So he tied a rope around his waist and gave the free end to the chief of the first village, saying: “When your feast is about to commence, pull this rope.” He tied a second rope about his waist, and the…Keep Reading

How Spider’s Waist Became So Thin

Two neighboring villages planned to hold feasts on the same day. Nan-sii, the greedy Spider, wished to attend each feast, but did not know which one would start first. So he tied a rope around his waist and gave the free end to the chief of the first village, saying: “When your feast is about to commence, pull this rope.” He tied a second rope about his waist, and the…Keep Reading

How Spider’s Waist Became So Thin

Two neighboring villages planned to hold feasts on the same day. Nan-sii, the greedy Spider, wished to attend each feast, but did not know which one would start first. So he tied a rope around his waist and gave the free end to the chief of the first village, saying: “When your feast is about to commence, pull this rope.” He tied a second rope about his waist, and the…Keep Reading