How a Wuni ate Nine Evil Spirits

An evil spirit lived in a hole in the ground, as evil spirits do, and he had a wife and seven children. When hungry season came and there was nothing left to eat, the seven children cried: “Father, find us something to eat, or we will die!” The wicked spirit went out to see what he could find, and when walking along a road he overtook a man who carried…Keep Reading

The Loma and Mende

The Loma and the Mende came from the northeast, skirting the great Mandingo Plateau. the Loma were a vigorous and warlike people and today they are relied upon to furnish some of the best recruits for the Liberian Frontier Force; they settled among the mountains and High Forests of northern Liberia, a wild and remote watershed where five of the nation’s greatest rivers find their source. The Loma pressed against…Keep Reading

The Sun, The Moon and The Stars

When the world was young, the moon was a ball of fire like the sun; some of the stars were the children of the sun, and the others belonged to the moon. The sun was uncle to the moon, and the moon was nephew to the sun. There came a time of hunger when the sun said: “Moon, let us eat our children.” The moon considered this, and then agreed….Keep Reading

The Three Sisters Who Saw God

In a village there lived three sisters. The eldest was called Porofa after the men’s Poro Society. The second was known as Sandofa after the women’s Sande Society. The third was named Weiva, which meant adulteress. While walking through the forest by a lonely path these three sisters saw Ngala bathing in a pond. Ngala had a narrow waist, as small as the wrist of a wasp, and since he…Keep Reading

Two Maidens and Their Lover

Orphan fell in love with two young girls who lived in different towns; he loved them equally, and they loved him too. All the young girls in these two towns were to be joined to the women’s powerful Sande Society on a certain day; on that day each town would hold a feast, with song and dance and palm wine, and Orphan wished to be present at each feast. On…Keep Reading

The Three Brothers Who Worked for God

There were three brothers who worked for Ngala. They worked for many years and then he gave them their reward. He had three gifts, and let them choose which they should have; the gifts were wealth, Life and Wisdom. The eldest brother desired riches and chose wealth. The second one feared death and chose life. The youngest brother placed his trust in Wisdom. The first brother abused wealth by gambling…Keep Reading

How a Wuni ate Nine Evil Spirits

An evil spirit lived in a hole in the ground, as evil spirits do, and he had a wife and seven children. When hungry season came and there was nothing left to eat, the seven children cried: “Father, find us something to eat, or we will die!” The wicked spirit went out to see what he could find, and when walking along a road he overtook a man who carried…Keep Reading

The Lizard and the Catfish

A lizard with an orange-colored head lived in a certain tree close to a river; and he would not marry anyone who did not have a soft, smooth skin. In the river was a catfish; her skin was soft and smooth, and she was determined to marry someone who had an orange-colored head. A woodsman came and cut Lizard’s tree, and the free fell down in such a way that…Keep Reading

The Man Who Loved a Lioness

The Chief of a town desired to marry a certain young woman, but she already had a lover and refused the Chief. She was driven away from the town. The young woman lived in the forest, where she bore a baby boy and in a cave nearby a lioness bore a girl-cub. One day the boy and the lion-girl met in the forest and began playing. they met every day…Keep Reading

How a Wise Man and a Corpse Reformed a Village

In a certain town there lived a woman who was unfaithful to her husband; and although her husband beat her, the woman still continued taking lovers. The husband went to as Wise Man and said: “Help me stop my wife from taking lovers.” “What will you give me if I do this?” “I will give you three hampers of rice.” The Wise Man agreed. He burned Teri, which is a…Keep Reading

How Spirits Guarded Kpademai

Men tell a half-forgotten tale of a secret town called Kpademai. This town was founded by an accomplished warrior called Kpade, and thus its name means “Followers of Kpade.” It lay beside a sweet stream and belonged to the Bondo Loma Clan; they were careful not to let any stranger see it, lest it be attacked. When anyone in Kpademai died his spirit was seen slowly climbing a nearby hill…Keep Reading

How An Orphan Won a Village and Exchanged It For an Egg

Pardoo Orphan lived in a fine village, but he was the poorest of men. He had no land, no house, no clothes, not even a cooking pot; and he had no family no one cared for him. He begged for food and was driven form the village. He went to live in the forest, and his health became so poor that blindness closed his eyes and he barely lived by…Keep Reading