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Monday, December 16, 2013

Water Bird African Folktale

Water Bird African folktale

African folktale
the Water Bird is a story forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next.

Water Bird African folktale

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The water-bird always stands on one leg, and this is why


The Water Bird


A water-bird once, in search of food, swallowed the King of the crabs, and the whole tribes of crabs were so enraged that they swore they would have their revenge.


The water-bird always stands on one leg African Folktale
Water Bird African Folktale
“We will find this horrible bird,” they declared, “and nip off its legs. We shall not fail to find it, for its legs are bright p pink in color and its feathers are pink and white.”


But the water-rat overheard the crabs plotting, and hastened to tell the water-bird.


“Oh! Oh!” cried the water-bird. “They will nip off my beautiful pink legs, and then what will become of me? Whatever can I do?”


“It is very simple,” replied the water-rat. “If you stand on one leg, they will think you are some other creature.”


The bird thanked him and tucked up one leg. When the crabs came, they saw, as they thought, a very tall pink bird with one leg and a large beak.


“Our enemy has two legs,” they said. “This cannot be he.” And they passed by.




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