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Story of When Does Life Begin African Folklore

The question of when life begins seems to be a basic answer but, it is one of the most interesting and meaningful questions we can possibly ask. The African folklore story of crocodiles fortune and when does life begins is still debated by beasts and birds to this day.

The African folklore story of crocodiles fortune and when does life begins is still debated by beasts and birds to this day.
When Does Life begin African Folklore


Questions about the very beginnings of life African Folklore story

Crocodile was very old. Finally he died. News of his death spread among the Beasts; and his relatives and friends came to mourn. After a proper number of days had passed, the matter of the division of the property was mentioned. At once a quarrel developed, on the question as to who were his nearest relatives.

The tribe of Birds said, "He is ours and we will be the ones to divide the property." Their claim was disputed, others asking, "On what ground do you claim relationship? You wear feathers; you do not wear plates of armor as he.

"The Birds replied, "True, he did not wear our feathers. But, you are not to judge by what he put on during his life. Judge by what he was in his life's beginning. In his beginning, he began with us as an egg. His mother bore him as an egg. He is our relative, and we are his heirs."

But the Beasts said, "Not so! We are his relatives, and by us shall his property be divided. "Then the Council of Animals demanded of the Beasts on what ground they based their claim for relationship, and what answer they could make to the argument of the birds as to Crocodile's egg-origin.

The Beasts said, "It may be true that the mark of tribe must be found, in a beginning, but not in an egg. For, all Beings began as eggs. Life is the original beginning! When life really begins in the egg, then the mark of tribe is shown. When Crocodiles life began, he had four legs as we have. We judge by legs. Therefore, we claim him as our relative. And we will take his property."

But, the Birds answered, "You Beasts said we were not relatives because we wear feathers, and not Crocodile plates of armor. But, you, look you! Judge by your own words. Neither do you wear Crocodile plates of armor, you with your hair and fur! Your words are not correct.

The beginning of his life was not, as you say, when little crocodile sprouted legs. There was life in the egg before that and his egg was like ours. You are not his relatives. He is ours!" However, the Beasts disputed still. Therefore, the quarrel went back and forth and they never settled it.


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