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23 9 The Hyena and the Hare M ba-Katré, the hyena, and Mba-Soâmba, the hare, were friends. There had been such a famine that no one had anything to eat. So the hare made an offer to the hyena. He proposed that each one of them sell his mother in order to buy some millet. At his house, the hare tied his mother up with an old decaying rope. The hyena tied his up with a thick rope which was impossible to cut. So, they both took their mothers to the market. Meanwhile, the hare said to his mother: ‘‘Your rope is an old one with no strength left to it. You must escape and run home. I will meet up with you there.’’ At the market, the hyena did in fact sell his mother and buy some millet, whereas the hare’s mother ran away. The hyena loaded his millet onto his donkey and set out for home. He saw the hare lying in the middle of the road as if he were dead. He said, ‘‘Oh no !’’ while continuing on his way. A little further on he saw another hare. An idea came to him: ‘‘I will turn around to pick up the hares that I saw so that I can prepare a good sauce with them.’’ He left his donkey loaded up with millet and went to get the hares. 24 Alain-Joseph Sissao (Translated from the French by Nina Tanti) When the hare saw that the hyena had abandoned his donkey with the millet in order to go back and get the hares, he emptied out all of the millet and filled the sacks with sand. He took the millet home for his family. The hyena did not find any hares, and continued on his way. Entering the village, the hyena called to his wife to throw out her bad sauce because he had brought some millet. His wife threw out her sauce and brought her basket to get some millet. When they untied the sacks they saw that they were full of sand. They left them and ran to get the sauce which had been thrown away behind the compound. After that, the famine nearly caused the hyena’s family to starve to death. One day, the hyena’s wife went to get some fire at the home of the hare’s wife. She found her with her children, eating. The hare’s wife let her have a bit of porridge1 before giving her a few burning coals. On the way home the hyena’s wife put out the fire by urinating on it, and turned around. She was again given some porridge. She ate some once more, and repeated her ruse. But the third time the hare’s wife refused to give her any, and said: ‘‘The reason you are going to starve is because your husband is a fool.’’ 1. Sagbo in Moore. Dish made from millet or corn flour, eaten daily by the Moose. It is eaten with a sauce made with okra or sorrel leaves. ...


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