Nambalisita, Born of an Egg

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Nambalisita was the first man.

He was not born of any person, although he had a mother and father: he was born from an egg that cracked after having been in the storage basket for several days. His mother had laid other eggs, but had destroyed them. One day, when she chopped into a stump, the stump began to speak and told the woman that when she had another egg, she should not destroy it but should keep it in the granary. It was then that Nambalisita was born. When he emerged from the egg, he said that he was born of no person, that he gave birth to himself. His mother told him that she had been living with his maternal uncle but that he had been killed. Nambalisita engaged in various wonderful activities that revealed his heroic traits, and then he and his mother left his paternal home, pursued by the king of the land. Nambalisita overcame the army of the king, killing his own father when he refused to withdraw. He continued his journeying with his mother, and had various experiences as, with the assistance of various animals, he triumphed over adversities. Then he was called by Kalunga, God, who asked him who it was who boasted that he gave birth to himself. Kalunga said that he himself created all men. Nambalisita and Kalunga then vied with each other to show who was the greater: Nambalisita led his animals before Kalunga, and Kalunga revealed his great kraal of livestock. Nambalisita's rhinoceros gored Kalunga's bull. God showed off his great fields of millet and sorghum, preparing a meal for Nambalisita with two kinds of porridge. A fly warned Nambalisita to eat the dark porridge, not the light. When Kalunga shut him in a doorless room, Nambalisita called his animals, and they made a passage for his escape, at the same time filling the room with pumpkins. In the meantime, Kalunga set the room on fire. The pumpkins, when heated, burst, and Kalunga was satisfied that these were the sounds of Nambalisita dying. But Nambalisita then appeared. He left Kalunga's home, and had other experiences.

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