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According to the Kaonde in southern Africa, the supreme deity Leza summoned to his presence the honey bird and gave it three calabashes, all of them closed at both ends. The honey bird was to take these to the first human beings, and tell them that they might open two of the calabashes, which contained seed. The third, on the other hand, was not to be opened until Leza himself had come to earth and given instructions concerning its contents. On the way, however, the honey bird could not contain its curiosity, and opened the calabashes. While two did contain the promised seed, the third calabash held death, sickness, all kinds of beasts of prey and dangerous reptiles. Neither the honey bird nor Leza could recapture these unpleasant things, and so it was that men had to build huts and shelters for their protection.

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