Huveane and the Fleeing Bundle of Grass

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(Pedi, Venda/South Africa)

Huveane (Hobyana, Khudjana) is a mysterious being, sometimes called the creator of heaven and earth, the first ancestor. Sometimes he is referred to as the son of the creator. He is a divine trickster.

He once modeled a baby in clay and breathed life into it. He kept his child in the hollow of a tree so that his parents would not know about it, and he stole out every morning to feed it. Because of his extraordinary activities, the people decided to destroy him, fearing that he would bring them to harm. They put poison into his milk, but he poured it on the ground. They dug a pit by the fireplace, but instead of sitting next to it, he sat with his brothers, and one of them fell into the pit. They dug another secret pit, and he leapt over it. A man with a spear was wrapped in a bundle of grass, and Huveane was told by his father to go and get the bundle. But when he came near to the bundle, he threw his own spear at it and the man inside fled. He told his father that he tried to do what his father told him to do, but the grass ran away.

Subjects: Religion.

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