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close this bookBukusu Folktales (Kenya Literature Bureau, 1986, 134 p.)
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View the documentForeword
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentThe Boy Who ate the Elephants' Rumps
View the documentThe Hare and the Leopard
View the documentMwambu and Sella
View the documentThe Story of Apelu
View the documentHare Steals a Hen
View the documentSimbi and Namakanda
View the documentKhole
View the documentWanakhatandi
View the documentA Father and His Son
View the documentAn Old Woman and Her Deformed Son
View the documentThe Dog and the Leopard's Children
View the documentNasio and her Brother
View the documentHare, Hyena and Lizard
View the documentKasawa and his Forbidden Pumpkins
View the documentA Woman and Her Daughter of Clay
View the documentHare leads Leopard to a Hive
View the documentHyena and Baboon
View the documentHare and Elephant Pay a Visit
View the documentLemata and Katamba
View the documentThree Men meet a Strange Old Woman
View the documentA Hyena Ate His Protector
View the documentThe Secret of a Murder
View the documentA Bull Newt Who Refused to heed his wife's advice
View the documentA Dying Old Woman earns Bridewealth for her Sons
View the documentFortuity is like Dew Drops
View the documentA Basket Maker Declares Himself Free from the Burden of Debts
View the documentThe Thirsty Intruder
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A Hyena Ate His Protector

One day there was a woman who was digging up sweet potatoes in a garden, when a hyena came by running, and approached her with pleas for help. The hyena was panting and sweating profusely. The woman was startled and almost took to flight, but the hyena said to her “Please, do not be afraid, I am running away from the hunters who want to kill me; I beg you to hide me so that they may not find me.”

Without saying a word the frightened woman took up a large basket and covered it over the hyena thereby concealing him completely. Shortly afterwards hunters arrived and enquired from her.

“Have you seen any mischievous hyena pass this way?” The woman replied negatively, “No, no I have not seen any hyena around.”

So the hunters went away saying to her, “It would be foolish of you to conceal a dangerous hyena from us. Be careful, lest it turns on you and eats you up.”

When the hunters were gone the woman lifted the basket on one side and asked the hyena, “Is it true that you can eat me after I have done all this for you?”

The hyena replied, “You that ignores advice, I will eat you!” Then the woman asked again unbelievingly and the hyena gave the same answer. After a short while the hyena asked the woman, “Have the hunters gone away completely?” And the woman replied, “Yes, they have gone.”

There upon the hyena threw off the basket and seized up the woman, and started eating her inspite of her screams and pleas for mercy.