Why Bats Are Never Buried

There was a time when Bat had no wings, and he was considered one of the most beautiful of all animals. He was a small creature who walked on the ground and climbed trees, and for many years he was content to live like this; but when he experienced the misfortunes of life common to all people he became dissatisfied. When Hungry Season came and he could not find enough…Keep Reading

The Thing Called Gratitude

A certain town was infested with serpents of every size and color, and they lived by eating the people of that town, and the children. The serpents dwelt in holes in the ground and also in the thatched roofs of the houses; during the day they crawled from their holes and hunted children, and by night they dropped from ceilings onto sleeping men and women. In this fashion many people…Keep Reading

How Deer Made a Farmer Rich

A man went into the forest to make a farm. He chose a fine piece of land, sacrificed a hen, then cut down the bushes and trees and burned them and made his farm. He planted cassava and waited for his crops to grow. The farmer came to know that a deer walked through his farm every night, disturbing the cassava plants and leaving her footprints in the soil for…Keep Reading

Why Snakes Lie on Their Backs to Die

When Hungry Season came Spider went to Snake’s town and begged for food. He knew that Snake had gathered a fine harvest of yams that year, and now Spider said to him: “Snake, please give me yams to help my family in this time of hunger. For every yam you give me I shall give you two in return when my fields are full.” “Then you may have as many…Keep Reading

How an Unnatural Son Destroyed His Father’s Tribe

Men tell a story of a wealthy chief who lived beyond the memory of men; his bodyguard was made of wise men and diviners. He had many wives, and all gave birth to children except one, so he summoned his wise men and diviners and commanded them to discover and remove the cause of this woman’s barrenness. They read their sans, made medicine, and in time declared that the woman…Keep Reading

Why Hunters Fear Djinn

Djinn and his wife had their home among the mountains in the High Forests, and they would permit no man to come there unless he was one of their family. Djinn was a fine hunter and had a quiver filled with poisoned arrows, but he did not hunt in the fashion common to mankind. If he chanced to see monkeys in a tree he would merely shoot at the tree,…Keep Reading

The Importance of Women

At the beginning of the world God made three men; he sent them to live on earth, and they dwelt in three different places. One man became a hunter, the second was a traveler, and the third settled on good land and began a farm. After a time God summoned the three men to him, and said he would grant each of them one gift. He asked them what they…Keep Reading

How a Bushdevil Was Danced to Death

A Bushdevil wandered through the forest until he came to a place where two paths crossed; and here he made his home. This was a bad thing for the people who used these paths, for Bushdevils are wicked and devour human beings. When anyone came to the crossroads the Bushdevil would jump out of his hole in the ground, holding a drum under his arm. He would begin beating the…Keep Reading

Eagle, Doo-Doo, and Rice Bird

In other days Eagle, Doo-Doo and the Rice Bird were good friends, and they would build their nests close to each other. During Hungry Season Eagle called her two friends and said: “Hungry time is with us again, and we three must work together if we are to find enough to eat, and raise our families as well. I suggest that we take turns in hunting food.” The two small…Keep Reading

How Fisher-Bird Gained His Colors

One day a woman was gathering palm nuts in the forest then she fell from a tree and hurt herself so badly she could not walk. As she lay on the ground in pain Green Pigeon alighted on a nearby branch. “Pigeon,” cried the woman, “fly to my village and tell my people I lie here, hurt and unable to move.” “I am too busy,” Green Pigeon answered, and flew…Keep Reading

How Leopard Lost His Chiefdom

One day a woman was gathering palm nuts in the forest then she fell from a tree and hurt herself so badly she could not walk. As she lay on the ground in pain Green Pigeon alighted on a nearby branch. “Pigeon,” cried the woman, “fly to my village and tell my people I lie here, hurt and unable to move.” “I am too busy,” Green Pigeon answered, and flew…Keep Reading