Author Country :Tanzania Genre Type :Myth Location :Tanzania Year of Publication :0/ Publication :collected by Sister Immaculate Mirambo, “Oral Literature of the Sukuma” Sub Theme :Animals, Helping the Needy, Salvation, Songs/Music/ Author Name :Sukuma Ethnic Group/ Author City :
One day a man called Magulu Abili (“Two Legs”) went into a
dense forest to cut timber for building his house. While in the forest he met a
sickly bird that he helped with food and water. The bird told Magulu Abili that
one day it too would help him. Skeptical, Magulu Abili took home his timber.
On another day Magulu Abili was in the forest on his way
to cut more timber and met some ogres. On seeing him the ogres started chasing
the man with intent of making a meal out of him. Magulu Abili decided to climb a
tree to escape the monsters. The bird he had helped appeared and started singing
very sweetly while moving from tree to tree. The singing distracted the ogres
from their prey and they followed the sweet sound.
Magulu Abili noticed that the ogres were following the
singing bird and it was moving away from where he was. He slipped down the tree
and returned home, thankful to the bird that had saved him. He remembered the
sickly bird he had helped and knew at once that it was the one that had saved