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Urezhwa's Wife Is Buried


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(Yeye/Botswana)

Urezhwa was the great being.

He created men, then took for himself a wife. The wife fell sick, and so Urezhwa shut her in a cave and went on a long journey to fetch medicines. He told the people who watched her on no account to bury his wife if she died in his absence. However, she died soon after he left, and the people were so disgusted with the dead body that they buried it. When the creator came back, he found what they had done, and in anger said that if they had only obeyed him he would have raised her up to life, and would have given them power to become alive again after death. Now they must suffer for their disobedience. He then went above into the heavens, where he is often seen to pass with a bright light, and his voice is heard during thunder.

There were at first only two men in the world, a Korana and a San. Then a woman came out of the ground, and the Korana married her. From this connection, the country was peopled. The Korana employed the San to kill game. They quarreled over some game that the San killed unfairly. They divided their mutual property. The San lost his cattle and was severely scratched by thorns. The Korana had smeared his body with butter that he accidentally obtained from the milk, and when the San came upon the Korana he was ashamed of himself and left without the cattle.

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