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11 5 A Year Without Criticizing T here was once a year when it was forbidden to criticize others. If anyone ever criticized another, he would die. One day, Mba-Soâmba, the hare, went to the side of the road. He climbed onto a large rock and began to pull weeds. Those passing by greeted him. When they greeted him, he answered: ‘‘We have decided to cultivate this rock in order to grow eggplants.’’ The passersby nodded in agreement, but then added: ‘‘We are not supposed to criticize others, but no one can cultivate a rock in order to grow eggplants!’’ The one who said this died instantly. As for the hare, he gathered the meat from the dead animal and ate it with his wife and children. This is how he nearly killed off all the animals in the bush. Meanwhile Kângo, the guinea hen, understood why the hare was so happy and she swore to make him pay. She prepared some shea butter, filled a plate with it, and walked over to the hare. She greeted him. The hare answered: ‘‘We have decided to cultivate this rock in order to grow eggplants!’’ 12 Alain-Joseph Sissao (Translated from the French by Nina Tanti) ‘‘And we have decided to go to Silmisê1 to get our hair done,’’ said the guinea hen. ‘‘We are not supposed to criticize others, but we’re going to do it anyway! How can someone with such a bald head get her hair done?’’ asked the hare. At these words, the hare dropped dead. This time, it was the guinea hen’s turn to pick him up. 1. The quarter where the Peuls live. ...

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ISBN
9789956578009
Related ISBN
9789956616558
MARC Record
OCLC
680618032
Pages
136
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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