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(Lala/Zambia)

Lesa and Mushili had two sons, Kashindika, the elder, and Luchyele, the younger.

These sons of God were sent by their father from heaven to earth to build villages. They came to earth, which was the property of their mother, and found complete darkness, a place with neither sun nor moon. They decided that Kashindika should go to Lesa to get a sun and moon. He arrived, and they killed an ox. In the evening, meat-relish was cooked and porridge was served, and they took it to the house where the chief's son was to sleep. Lesa kept a great fat dog, and it went to where Kashindika was. When he saw it, he picked up the tongs and gave the fat dog a blow on the backbone, and it went away cringing. When it got light, Lesa told him to choose the packages of the sun and moon, because there were very many packages in the storehouse. He went home empty-handed because he did not see the sun or the moon. Then Luchyele set off to get a sun and moon. They killed an ox. But he, when the fat dog came, took some relish and put it in a pot with a large lump of porridge, and gave it to the dog. When it had finished eating, the dog told him that it would identify the packages containing the sun and moon. Luchyele did as the dog told him. Then, when he got to the village, he put the package of the sun in the east, and that of the moon in the west; he put the package containing the hornbills with the sun, and that containing the cocks in the verandah of the house. They heard the hornbills, and all was bright as the sun came up. They were happy. So the sun stayed on the earth.

The elder, Kashindika, was jealous, and he concluded that Lesa favored Luchyele. At dawn, he went to Lesa's to get the world-destroyer, poison, to kill people. He called Lesa “enemy,” because he refused to give him the sun, giving it to Luchyele instead. “Now I want the world-destroyer.” Lesa refused. Kashindika said he would just take it then. He took the poison and went home. When he got to the edge of the village, Luchyele's wife, who was making porridge in her house, died with the porridge-paddle in her hands. The people wondered if Kashindika had poisoned her. They buried her. Then they found Kashindika's wife dead too, and they went and buried her as well. Luchyele decided to live somewhere else, and he went off to the east. Kashindika went in other direction, to the west. It is believed that all who die go to the west, to Kashindika's, while all good things come from the east. See also: Lesa, Luchyele.

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