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Vere Learns to Make Fire


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(Pokomo, Sanye/Kenya, Somalia)

Vere was an ancestor who appeared in an uninhabited country. The Buu people of the Pokomo trace their descent from Vere. He was sometimes spoken of as a preternatural being without father or mother.

Vere wandered about alone in the forests of the Tana Valley, feeding on wild fruits and raw fish, for he had no knowledge of fire and no means of making it. After two years, he met with one Mitsotsozini, a Wasanye, who showed him how to make fire by means of two sticks and cook his food. Some of the Buu clans trace their descent from Mitsotsozini, as well as from Vere.

Subjects: Religion.


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