Folk stories of the Batwa in Bundibugyo

 

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Produced by CCFU as part of its Oral History Documentation project

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Folk Stories of the Batwa in Bundibugyoi 2017

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1. Awulaghi Muhighi Ngezi (Awulaghi, the clever hunter) Ababhe toolo moti muhighi Awulaghi aya yekaka nanga aba ngezi. Nalyaamabhili antangya mbungu/ aililikana tai akimuhora mbungu. Antuma mbungu nasoho. Nakintambwa nasoho nakibulaku soho. Awulaghi abwaku Soho nabwa amili. Na mbungu alyanaya soho ayananahorukanau nansenge. Mbungu Dhumbi nayigengya, adhudu. Awulaghi antinabe Kwango Nasikiu, a hingi nalyanatera diyo ndahi dumba nakwilabe

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Once upon a time there was a hunter called Awulaghi. He went out to hunt on his own because he was a very brave hunter. While in the forest he came across an elephant, Awulaghi wanted to kill the elephant. He speared the elephant in its underbelly, he put his hand in the elephant’s belly and pulled out its intestine.

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Awulaghi abwaku Soho nabwa amili. Na mbungu alyanaya soho ayananahorukanau nansenge. Mbungu Dhumbi nayigengya, adhudu.

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Then Awulaghi got the intestine which he tied to a nearby tree. As the elephant walked, its intestines continued to come out. Eventually, the elephant fell down, collapsed and died.

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Awulaghi antinabe Kwango Nasikau, a hingi nalyanatera diyo ndahi dumba nakwilabe. Gisaga manikisya bhamka nibai nesi adhiyi Awulaghi abweka baluku nabhakaswa bhaye bhantangye mbungu (olaa mbungu).

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Awulaghi then cut off the tail of the elephant and went back to the village. He blew his hunting horn to inform the community that he had successfully killed the elephant. Awulaghi called men and women to come and see the elephant.

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Bhakaswa bhakumba bhamaamajaro nanyenye nabhaluku nabhakumba luuka ndyakala na mbawo Baluku nabha pjombabe mulima ambungu na bhamupisya bha siiya nabhakangi bhabhutuwembe andibho bhaseme reri ryaagabho guli ambungu bhinga mulimo ambungu

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The women carried baskets on their backs and the men carried axes and knives. The men then cut out the heart of the elephant and they gave it to virgin girls who would sit on top of the elephant to chase away bad spirits.

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Nyama bhajomba nibakumbilya ajaro abasikya kambongo ambile. Nibhakidwakahinji, muhighi nabuhutambulanandye buliinji natungabeyi, ndyatigeibeyi nabha bias aka ava – na ambombombile nasemereru waponi Ngeso: Besu bibara cora nabesu bikurakurane

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The meat was then cut up and carried in baskets to the village. Here it was put together for the hunter to divide. Each household got some of the meat. The rest of the meat was roasted for the community to eat and celebrate together. Awulaghi is remembered as a great and generous hunter. Lesson: Bravery and Sharing

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2. Abaluku na Bakali Ndye (Abaluku and His Wives) Kara sua bhabha nibhabhuamaga kali moti. Abaluku mundyabhi muhighimabhonga aba nankalimundai Mangeuki.

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Long ago, the Batwa men used to marry only one wife. Abaluku who was a very good hunter also had only one wife called Mangeuki.

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Baitu tooromati amwama nkalindyakebalibamwekaga Ageusa. Abhi nakoli Swa nail Mbuba

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But one day Abaluku decided to marry a second wife called Ageusa. She was not a Mutwa but a Mbuba.

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