Skip to main content

Sibling Rivalry African Folktale Story

The Singing Skeleton is an African folktale story about sibling rivalry and the jealousy, competition, and fighting between two brothers.


The Singing Skeleton is an African folktale story about sibling rivalry and the jealousy, competition and fighting between two brothers.
Sibling rivalry 

The Singing Skeleton African Folktale Story


Bamaza had two sons; the older one of the two boys caused his father much trouble. He not only was disobedient and unruly, but he also hated his younger brother, who was the direct opposite of him.

One day their mother sent them to the woods to pick some wild flowers, which grew near a deep ravine. On their way to the woods, they passed through a town where a dance was happening.

When the elder brother saw this dance, he went and joined the young beautiful dancers. The younger brother called him and said "Come on, my brother, let us do our mother's bidding and go to the woods to pick flowers!" But, he would not.

Thus, the younger brother went alone to the woods. He found many flowers and picked a big bunch. On his way home, he met his elder brother who asked him for the flowers.

The younger brother asked, "Why did you not come along with me and pick some for yourself, instead of idling away your time at the dance big brother? I picked these flowers for mother and intend to take them to her," the younger brother said.

At these words, the elder brother got very angry, and he threw his younger brother down a deep ravine, so that he died.

The flowers his younger brother picked, he took along for his mother.
When he came home, his father asked him. "Where is your younger brother?"

"I do not know. He and I were not at the same place," he of course lied.
The parents at first did not feel alarmed about the absence of their younger son. "Something had detained him, or he has met one of his friends on the way," they thought. They were sure that he would be home before night. But he did not come home that night, nor the next morning, nor the day after.

The parents went in search of their youngest son. When they failed to find him, their sorrow was great.

About six months later the mother went to the woods in search of firewood, and it happened that she came near the place where her youngest son had come to his death. There she found a well-preserved human skeleton.

She picked up the skeletons head thinking that it would be something very interesting to sing about. As she began to sing it seemed to her that the skeleton, too, sang, and she listened.

This is what the skeleton sang: "My dear mother! When I went to pick flowers my brother threw me down this ravine! He also took my flowers!"

When his mother heard this, she took the skeleton home. On reaching her house she at once called her oldest son and his father and told them how she had found the skeleton and what it had revealed to her.

She said to the skeleton, "Sing, that all may hear! “And the skeleton sang and said, "When I went to pick flowers, my brother threw me into a deep ravine. He also took away my flowers."


When the father heard this, he got into a rage, rushed at his older son and killed him. Thus, the sin of this wicked son was found out and punished by his grieving father and mother.




Sibling Rivalry African Folktale Story

African Folktales three facts

African folktales usually have sly animals and spirits as the main characters.

Anansi is one of the most beloved African folktale characters. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.

Reading African folktales will help kids make connections to their cultural heritage.


Popular posts from this blog

Nature Holds Many Secrets | Hurricanes, Angry African Ancestors

Eastern coasts of Caribbean, United States, and South America, are in danger of being blasted by hurricanes wind and rain during hurricane season from June through November. But, why?  

The scientific reason why is because of Africa’s Sahara desert dust storms and the transition of thunderstorms off the west coast of Africa. The waters in the North Atlantic Ocean are typically at their warmest while the Sahara is at its hottest from July through October, so the chances of a hurricane are highest during these months.
Hurricanes are gigantic weather systems using convection, the movement of hot and cold air, to create dangerous storms. They are rotating heat engines powered by the warmth of tropical waters having three main parts, the eye, the eyewall, and rainbands. 

Hurricanes cannot form just anywhere in the world due to the need for hot and humid air. They normally form close to the equator and move west or northwest. Hurricane Alley is a stretch of warm water through the Atlantic Ocea…

Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa

Charging Cell Phones Rural Africa

Charging Cell Phones in Rural Africa

The simple task of charging a cell phone is no simple matter in rural African villages far from an electric grid.
With the advent of tiny rooftop solar panels electricity could be accessible to millions.
African governments are struggling to meet to electric needs of the poorest of the poor living in rural areas. 

Living off-grid may be a lifestyle choice to some and a fact of everyday living to the poorest of the poor. However, tiny rooftop solar panels and high-efficiency LED lights across the African continent could provide enough electricity to charge cell phones. 

Cell phones are vital for people in rural areas with no access to banks in order to send and receive money, access medical care and stay in contact with family and friends.
What does Off-Grid Mean? Off the grid (off-grid) means creating your own self-sufficient environment and being able to operate completely independently of all trad…

Survival of the Fattest, obese Europeans starving Africa

Survival of the Fattest

Rich get richer Survival of the Fattest, obese Europeans starving Africa
Survival of the Fattest is a sculpture of a small starving African man, carrying Lady Justice, a huge obese European woman who is a symbol of the rich world. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
5-12-2016

Survival of the Fattest Meaning
The copper statue Survival of the Fattest by Jens Galschi√łt and Lars Calmar was created in 2002. The fat woman is holding a pair of scales as a symbol of justice however; she is closing her eyes so the justice. Galschiot symbolized the woman as being blind, refusing to see the obvious injustice.
For the rich people of the world the main issue in life is that of overeating while people in the third world are dying every day from hunger. 
The misery of imbalanced wealth distribution is creating floods of refugees. However the rich only want to preserve their privileges and take measures so harsh against the poor, they betray their morals …



African proverb friendship quote to live by

<br><br>African proverb friendship quote to live by
Peace and love to your mind body and soul today