Thingo Lwenkosikazi Lives With a Snake

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(Zulu/South Africa)

The rainbow, Thingo Lwenkosikazi, is called the rod of the queen, the bow.

The rainbow is a fabulous animal that lives in a pool and is like a sheep. That is where the bow touches the earth: it drinks at a pool. Some fear to wash in a large pool, saying there is an incredible animal in it. If a man goes into the pool, the animal catches and eats him. If a person is properly prepared when he goes into the pool that has such a creature in it, the creature does not eat him but daubs him with ocher, and he emerges from the pool with snakes entwined about his body and goes home with them.

The rainbow is a rod of the great house. It appears in the heavens when the heavens rain. It lives with a snake.

Some say that the rainbow is a sheep that comes out of great pools and rests outside on the rocks. It comes out when the sky is clouded. A man who goes out in the morning and encounters the rainbow will be poisoned by it.

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