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Participant tells a story about a woman who secretly feeds and raises the Blood and Fat of a slaughtered cow as her children. One of the two girls is proposed by a man called Gemsbok. He sticks her with the thorn of a camelthorn tree and throws her into a bush afterwards. Her relatives go and search for her but cannot find her. One day the youngest sister, whose name is 'Cattle', tells the family that she wants to go and find the lost sister. She finally sees her on the top of the camelthorn bush which has grown very high in the meantime. People try to reach her by jumping but fail. Cattle finally manages to bring her down. The mother is happy and treats Fat with fat to heal the wounds from the thorns. Lesson to be learned according to translator: If you want to have a girl but she doesn't want you, you must not hurt her but just leave her.