Ture Brings Fire

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(Zande/DRCongo, Sudan)

Ture is a divine trickster, the hero of a cycle of stories known as the Sangbwa Ture.

Ture arose to go to his maternal uncles, who were the Abare peoples, and he met them under their forge, beating out their iron. They greeted him. Ture began to work their bellows for them. With deceit, he came and took fire for everybody, for once upon a time people did not have fire. Ture went on blowing the fire, then he left, telling them, “I will return tomorrow to dance for you.” When the next day came, Ture gathered worn-out barkcloth around him at his home, a big stretch of it, and came and blew fire for a long time, then he arose and put his foot over the fire on one side, and his barkcloth glowed, catching fire. The people put it out. Then he jumped over the fire and dropped on the other side, and the fire caught his old barkcloth, and they put it out again. But it was not extinguished; they tried in vain to put it out. It glowed on Ture's barkcloth. The Abare gathered together to put out the fire on Ture; they tried in vain to put it out. Ture ran away with this fire and went with it into the dry grass, and the fire spread everywhere in the dry grass in Ture's tracks. He went on running. Because of Ture, people have fire.

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