Narrative: Folk stories

Participant tells a number of stories with jackal as the main protagonist.
Participant was asked to tell some of the folk stories she knows. Gives some explanations in Afrikaans in between.
Participant was asked to tell a number of stories. Recording with various interruptions, translations into Afrikaans; new stories start at 00:00:00:000, 00:05:11:500, 00:11:33:000, 00:17:02:500, 00:19:43:500, 00:25:58:000 respectively.
Participant was asked to tell a folk story. An Afrikaans version of the story (interrupted by explanations from the author) is subsequently given by her eldest daughter.
Story about Jackal and Hyena.
Participant was asked to tell a folk story. An Afrikaans version of the story (interrupted by explanations from the author) is subsequently given by her eldest daughter.
Participant tells a story about a man with two wives. The man returns from unsuccessful hunt and gives his two wives his genitals for cooking. They wonder about the bad quality of the meat and take revenge by hanging their own genitals into the thornbushes pretending they were resin gums and make him get and eat them in revenge. Lesson to be learned according to translator: When you have promised to care for your wives you have to do so even though they are two because you were the one who took them as wives.
Participant was asked to tell a folk story
An old woman tells the children with whom she is living that she wants to shear them but cuts their skins instead. Children manage to push her into the fire and run away. When she gets out of the fire she tries to follow them but gives up.
Particpant was asked to tell a story.
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.
Participant was asked to tell a folk story.
G!un-g!unte has got a harelip as sharp as a knife. With it he can both kill animals and work skins. He is very successful in hunting as well as in working skins. The other people who don't get any prey decide to kill him. He knows that the people are going to recognize him by his harelip-blade and tells his children to watch out while he is working the skins. When the people arrive at his place he has hidden the blade. He sends the people to another place. They continue searching for days until finally one of them suggests that he must be the one. They creep up his place early in the morning so that it is too late for him to hide the blade. Then the people kill him together with his wife and children. Lesson to be learned according to translator: If someone is lucky and able to make his living, the others don't ave to be jealous and kill you. They have to try and work themselves.
Participant was asked to tell a story.
Old ostrich woman goes herself to the water place and sends the children to pick berries. At the water place she meets a group of young men and asks for water. One after the other offers her water but she refuses to take the water and ridicules the offerers. When it is Gemsbok's turn she grabs his hand. He tries to escape but she follows her. Her spring over bushes and trees, and she does so as well. But she is not able to jump over the highest tree and gets stuck in the crown. Now it is the Gemsbok's turn to ridicule her. Lesson to be learned according to translator: If you are you must not take a young man. He won't treat you well.
Participant was asked to tell a story.
The son-in-law in spe chosen by the parents of the girl resorts to a trick in order to discredit his rival who is the son of a chief and adored by the girl. In the end the girl falls in love with the man whom her parents had chosen for her.
Participant was asked to tell a story.
A young man who possessed only one pair of trousers and only one shirt used to wash himself on Saturdays and ride to his beloved one. He used to ride naked up to the gate holding the trousers and shirt in his hand. He only dressed at the gate. One day his horse throwed the rider undressed in front of the girl's house. The young man was ashamed and ran away and never came back. Lesson to be learned according to translator: Even if you are poor and your clothes are dirty, you have to dress. You must not pretend to be rich if you want to have a wife. You must just tell her how poor you are and see whether she accepts you how you are.
Participant was asked to tell a story.
Honey Badger is sent to fetch honey by his uncle. When he has taken down the honey, he calls his friend Eland to come and eat. He gives the best pieces to his friend and brings only the rest back home. The next time, the one who sent him, lies in wait and watches what Honey Badger does with Eland. He waits until Honey Badger has gone and kills Eland. The next time Honey Badger calls for Eland in vain. When he realizes that his friend was killed, he puts a snake in his bag and makes his uncle reach into the back. The uncle is bitten by the snake. Honey Badger leaves the place and kills more people with the help of the snake. Lesson to be learned according to translator: When someone sends you to get something you must not give it to your friend. Otherwise the person will make a plan to kill your friend.
Participant was asked to tell a story.
284-AT tells a story near her house. 304-MG, her husband, and children are present.

Citation

Gertrud Boden, Christfried Naumann, 285-AB, 021-ST, 297-MG, and 304-MG (2004 - 2006). Item "Narrative: Folk stories" in collection "Taa". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0009-E649-8. (Accessed 2024-04-19)

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