Time passed and one
day God called Mayimba (the Honey Bird) who was a friend of our ancestors. God
gave Mayimba three gourds which were plugged up and said, "Go to the man and
woman I created and give them these three gourds. But you are not to open them
on the way. When you get to their village you are to tell them, "Open this
first gourd with the seeds of all things and plant them for food, but do not
open these other gourds until I come. When I come I will tell you what to do
with the other two."
Mayimba began the long
journey to his friends but he was overwhelmed by curiosity about the contents of
the gourds. So he stopped and opened the first gourd with the seeds. When he
verified that such was the content, he put them back in the gourd and plugged it
up again. Then, he opened the second gourd. It contained, as we know, medicine
with which to cure death, illness, tiredness and wild and dangerous animals.
But Mayimba nor anyone else had ever experienced these things, so Mayimba did
not know what they were. He put the medicine back into the gourd and replugged
it. When he got to the third gourd, he found that it was filled with death,
disease and dangerous animals. When he opened it, they all escaped and
dispersed throughout the world. Mayimba tried vainly to recapture them and
return them to the gourd.
Eventually God came as
he had promised and when he saw what Mayimba had done, he became exceedingly
angry. Together they tried to recapture the bad things Mayimba had loosed, but
they were unable to do so. Lesa said furiously to Mayimba, "You did very, very
badly. It is your fault." Mayimba, when he heard this, was frightened and
escaped into the wilderness. From that time on, he ceased to live in the
village of his friends.
Then God called
Mulonga and his wife Mwinambuzhi, and said, "Your friend Mayimba has done a
great evil in failing to follow my instructions about waiting to open the gourds
until I came. He has caused you great trouble. I am unable to repair what he
has done. However, I will teach l you how to sew clothes and build houses
wherein you can stay and protect yourselves." He taught them to kill wild
animals and to use their skins. He taught them to smelt copper. He taught them
to make fire with two dry sticks. He taught them to make axes and spears and
cooking and water pots. He taught them all things.