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African Hunter Never Returned Folklore

African Hunter Never Returned Folklore

Goes away promising to return but never does

African Hunter Never Returned Folklore


Guluwe was a hunter of great renown, who crossed the Kei on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa with Khakhabay, the great grandfather of the late Sandile. No man was ever so skillful and successful in the pursuit of game as Guluwe.

However, when Khakhabay took possession of the Amatolas densely forested mountains, which he purchased from the Zulu chief Kohho, he found them infested by great numbers of Bushmen. One day Guluwe, who had two young men with him, killed an eland, but while he was still shouting his cry of triumph. "Tsi! ha! ha! ha! ha! The weapons of Khakhabay!" he was surprised by a number of these inhuman looking Pygmies.

They said "Look at the sun for the last time; you shall kill no more of our game." Guluwe offered them a large quantity of dacha wild hemp, used for smoking for his ransom. One of the Pygmies was unwilling to spare him, but all the rest agreed. They kept him with them while he pretended to send the two young men for the dacha, but privately he told them not to return.

The Bushmen then commenced to eat the eland. They ate that day, and all that night, never ceasing to watch Guluwe. The next morning they asked him when the young men would be back with the dacha, and he replied that he did not expect them before sunset.

The Pygmies, gorged with meat, then lay down to sleep, all except the one who advised that Guluwe should not be spared. That one watched a while longer, but at length he too was overcome by drowsiness. Guluwe then with his spear put one after another to death, until, forgetting himself, he shouted his cry

"Tsi! ha! ha! ha! ha! Izikali zika Rarabe!"

This awakened the bushman who had advised that he should be killed; he now sprang to his feet and escaped, calling out as he ran with the speed of the wind: "I said this Guluwe of the Khakhabays should be destroyed; you who are dead perished for not following my advice."

Zulu African Proverb
Yimbini yezolo yakwa Gxuluwe
Guluwe's two of yesterday.
This is a saying of anyone who goes away promising to return, and does not do so. It had its origin in an event that happened many generations back.

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