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Kapepe and the Magical Feather


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(Lenje/Zambia)

Kapepe is a mythic hero.

He moves to heaven to marry the daughter of the supreme god, Lesa. Along the way, an old woman gives him a magical feather that assists him when he is in difficulty. He struggles with various creatures and moves across a forbidding landscape, and finally arrives in the city of God, where he is able to overcome tricks and pass through ordeals. He marries God's daughter, then moves back to the earth, again confronted by discouraging obstacles. His wife becomes bored with life on earth, and she returns to the heavens. Kapepe follows her, and remains in the heavens.

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