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35 14 The Wild Billy Goat and the Dog O ne day the wild billy goat and the dog went fishing in a pond. While they were emptying the water from the pond1 , the hyena arrived and said to them: ‘‘Dear billy goat, may I help you?’’ She exchanged places with the billy goat and said: Ko kaadb riibo koom põg riibo; ko kaadb riibo koom põg riibo! Those who empty the water are to be eaten; what is in the water is to be eaten! But the dog said to her: ‘‘Dear hyena, do you know what kalgem-kalgem2 is?’’ The hyena said no. The dog stopped emptying the water and went for a walk before returning to his work. Meanwhile, the hyena went on humming her song: Ko kaadb riibo koom põg riibo; 1. This is a traditional method of fishing in a pond. 2. ‘‘To snack’’ 36 Alain-Joseph Sissao (Translated from the French by Nina Tanti) ko kaadb riibo koom põg riibo! Those who empty the water are to be eaten; what is in the water is to be eaten ! The dog asked her again: ‘‘Dear hyena, do you know what vilem vilem3 is?’’ The hyena said no. The dog got up, went for a walk, and came back. As they went on with their work, the dog asked her: ‘‘Dear hyena, do you know what ‘‘to-risgo4 is?’’ The hyena said no. The dog fled and the hyena ordered him to come back, in vain. The dog was already far away. The hyena went off after him. When they were gone, the wild billy goat went into the pond, covered himself with mud, and sat upon the edge. The hyena chased after the dog, but she could not catch him. She returned to the pond where she found the billy goat. She greeted him, and asked: ‘‘Have you come to fish?’’ The billy goat said no, before adding: ‘‘I only eat meat of the hyena!’’ 3. ‘‘To turn back.’’ 4. ‘‘To escape.’’ 37 And the hyena replied: ‘‘Oh, really? How convenient, for I am a hyena! Wait! I’ll show you how the turtledove walks, and I’ll be right back!’’ The hyena backed away and took off running. The wild billy goat washed himself off and returned home. ...

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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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