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Zambi and Zelo and the Knowledge of Fire


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(Gbaya/CAR)

Humans were created by a man, Zambi, and a woman, Zelo, the first father and mother.

Zambi and Zelo live in a village far in the west, neither eating nor drinking. They go naked without shame and devote themselves entirely to procreation. The first child born to this couple is ignorant of everything. His parents give him, as the first and most precious lesson, the knowledge of fire. They lead him into a forest where they find a tree named Bongo; in a bit of wood, they carve a hole, then apply a slender stick. The fire bursts out under this stick when it is vigorously rolled between the hands.

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