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Sno-Nysoa's Sons Refuse to Return from Earth


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(Kru/Liberia)

Sno-Nysoa is God the creator (without the prefix, Nysoa or Nyensoa refers to God).

Sno-Nysoa has four sons to whom he is greatly attached. He has given them each a necklace of leopard teeth. He sends them to visit his big friend, Earth. They fail to return, and Sno-Nysoa asks Earth to send them home. “I have told them many times to return,” answers Earth, “but they say that their new home is so interesting and beautiful, they have no desire to return.” Sno-Nysoa finds his sons and admonishes them. “Do you not know that your father's life is sad without you, and that his heart cannot lie down while you're away?” They answer, “Yes, we know, but this is such a pleasant place to live, food is so plentiful, Earth so kind and good, we have decided to remain here always.” Sno-Nysoa warns Earth that he intends to do something that very night to get his sons back. “I beg you, Sno-Nysoa,” cries Earth, “do not rob me of your sons!” That night, all the sons go to sleep as usual, but in the morning the eldest does not awake. Earth ascends the broad way to the home of Sno-Nysoa, and begs him to give over using his secret power. Sno-Nysoa tells Earth not to trouble himself about his sons: whenever one does not awake, he should merely bury him. “I have simply called him home. I leave the body with you.” Then Sno-Nysoa calls and shows Earth the eldest son. Suddenly one morning, it is found that the second son cannot be awakened. Earth again visits Sno-Nysoa, where he sees the second son alive and happy. A long time passes, then the third child fails to awake. Earth goes along the same wide way to Sno-Nysoa, only to find the third son well satisfied. “Perhaps you will remember, friend Earth, I told you long ago that when I really decided to have my sons again, I should get them. The time has now come to fulfill my words entirely. Tomorrow morning, you will find that my fourth son cannot be awakened. He will come to join his brothers here with me.” Earth tries to keep the fourth son with him, but fails. The next day, the fourth son, like his brothers before him, cannot be awakened. In his misery, Earth starts out to go to Sno-Nysoa, but Sno-Nysoa has removed the open way to his home, and Earth can never find it again. To this day, Sno-Nysoa uses his secret power to remove people from the world, and the way to see them afterward is barred, because of Earth's action long ago.

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