29. WHY HAS THE JACKAL A LONG BLACK STRIPE ON HIS BACK?

The Sun, it is said, was one day on earth, and the men who were travelling saw him sitting by the wayside, but passed him without notice. The Jackal, howewer, who came after them and saw him also sitting, went to him and said "Such a fine little child is left behind the men." He then took the Sun up, and put it into his awa-skin (on his back). When it burnt him, he said, "Get down," and shook himself; but the Sun stuck fast to his back, and burnt the Jackal's back black from that day.


Hottentot Fables and Tales,
chiefly translated from original manuscripts in the library of his excellency sir George Grey, K.C.B. by W.H.I. Bleek, Ph.D. Trübner and Co., London 1864


8. FISH STEALING

(From Sir James E. Alexander's "Expedition of Discovery into the Interior of Africa," vol. ii pp. 246,247)

THE HYENA
(Adressing her young ones, on her return from s marauding expedition, wth regard to the perils she had encountered.)

The fire threatens,
The stone threatens,
The assegais threaten,
The guns threaten,
Yet you seek food from me.
My children,
Do I get anything easily?

ONCE upon a time a Jackal, who lved on the borders of the colony, saw a waggon returning from the seaside laden with fish. He tried to get into the waggon from behind, but he could not; he then ran on before, and lay in the road as if dead. The waggon came up to him, and the leader cried to the driver, "here is a fine kaross for your wife!"
"Throw it into the waggon," said the driver, and the Jackal was thrown n.
The waggon travelled on throug a moonlight night, and all the whle Jackal eas throwing the fish out into the road; he then jumped out himself, and secured a great prize. But a stupid Hyena coming by, ate more than her share, for whch the Jackal owed her a grudge; so he said to her, "You can get plenty of fish, too, if you lie in the way of waggon as I did, and keep quite still whatever happens."
"So!" mumbled the Hyena.
Accordingly, when the next waggon came from the seam the Hyena stretched herself out in the road.
"What ugly thing is this?" cried the leader, and kcked the Hyena. He then took a stck a trashed her within an inch of her life, The Hyena, according to the directions of Jackal, lay quiet as long as she could; she then got up and hobbled off to tell her miisfortune to the Jackal, who pretended to comfort her.
"What a pity," said the Hyena, "that I have not such a handsome skin as you!"


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