Hausa Sayings & Folk-Lore; With a Vocabulary of New Words

Hausa Sayings & Folk-Lore; With a Vocabulary of New Words

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...more weight under the circumstances. This is a real problem to the native, who rates filial piety very highly in the list of virtues. In the story complementary-to the abore_Madugu again figures as benefactor. To a man who has lost his father by death and his mother in a slave-raid he gives a magic armlet (kundu) which he promises will cure his protege of the one misfortune which troubles him, that of impotency. The armlct effects an-astounding cure, and the friend is overwhelmed with gratitude. But riding-one day with Madugu he catches sight of his long-lost mother in a gang of prisoners (kmzgi). Thcreupon he begs his befriender to use his magic powers and release her. This Madugu consents to do, but on one condition---the armlct must be returned. Vhat shall-his choice be! Here we have the son's love for the mother similarly weighed in the balance. ' mu rufe usiri, let us keep our secret. 2 Note the use of the possessive pronoun before the noun it qualifies even when only very slight emphasis is intended There is a certain tree, very rarely if ever identified, called Jalo itachm kurdi or' Jalo na arziki. Whoever obtains a piece of it may command unlimited wealth, for whatever it touches it turns into money. The difiiculty of finding it is rendered wellnigh insuperable by the fact that only by night does it difl'er from other trees, for then its position is marked by a mysterious light which hovers over it. Moreover, the approach to it is guarded by phantoms--fearful men and animals, leopards, hyenas, and enormous snakes--which strike terror to the sight, though they are but incorporeal nothings. To illustrate its unique character the tale is told of a certain Buzu or native of the Sudan who was driving more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852249
  • 9781236852243