Tag Archives: animal tales

Ushaat Murum

English: Toad
(Picture via wikipedia)

Here is a tale which is a bit similar to one I posted on this blog four years ago. Again, a woman is kidnapped by the water-spirits and rescued by a toad. The tale was told by Mr. Ɗanladi Malan Kating from Daffo in 1992 and recorded and transcribed by Mr. Mafulul Lek, who is also from Daffo.

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Why we have house rats and bush rats

Mus Musculus

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I have collected a number of animal tales which are also etiological tales, i.e. which explain why certain things are the way they are. Here is one form Bokkos told by Rev. Benjamin Matawal. It explains why we have house rats and bush rats. Continue reading

How tortoise and goat stopped being friends

A goat

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Here is another short  animal tale dealing with the tortoise in the Bokkos variety of Ron. It was written by Pastor Joseph M. Nggyak in 1998 during a workshop at Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT) in Jos. Usually, the tortoise is wiser than the other animals. In this story, the goat shows that it can be smart, too. Continue reading

How the tortoise got its cracked back

Tortoise

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After having posted materials from Daffo for a while, it’s time to publish something in the Bokkos variety of Ron again. Here is a Ron version of the well known animal tale “How the tortoise got its cracked back”. It was written by Pastor Joseph M. Nggyak in 1998 during a workshop at Nigeria Bible Translation Trust (NBTT) in Jos. Continue reading

How the hare cheated the hyena

Here is another animal tale in the Bokkos dialect of Ron. It was written down by Pastor Joseph M. Nggyak in 1998. This time, the main character, Mr. Hare, tricks Mr. Hyena during their courtship of a girl. Hope you enjoy it. There is more to come. Continue reading

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Here is another short animal tale about the hare and the crownbird, this time in the Bokkos dialect of Ron. It was written down by Pastor Joseph M. Nggyak in 1998. I hope you will enjoy it. You may also … Continue reading

The Hare and the Crownbird

Here is another hare tale in the Daffo dialect of Ron. It was written down and recorded in 1992 by Mr. Mafulul Lek from Daffo. This time, the hare and the crownbird (Hausa: gauraka) are courting a girl. The hare tries to get rid of his rival by cheating. But his trick fails: the girl prefers to marry the crownbird. Continue reading