the story teller
Tree of the Village
in the kraal
spent one night at Nyani village, a traditional Shangaan tribal village.
Our host, Axon, said it was the actual home of his grandfather. Just
like everywhere else, the traditions were dying out. So, he set about
to restore the village and make it an educational Shangaan cultural
experience. He got money from tourists, but his real mission was to
bring in school children for free.
had a tour of the village, ate traditional food very similar to Zambian
cuisine, and then sat in the kraal for dancing, music, and stories.
and stories were ways to teach lessons and morals. Of course, I was
interested in the one story Axon shared.
old lion was hungry. When he saw a massive bull buffalo in a clearing,
he wondered if he still had what it took to bring down the bull and
kill it. He knew it could feed him for quite some time. The old lion
planned his attack, taking the bull by surprise. Then, he ate his
fill. When his feast was over, the old lion let out a mighty roar
to assure the fact that he really was still the king of the beasts.
Unfortunately, a hunter nearby heard the roar. He quickly rushed to
the clearing and shot the old lion.