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Zimu and the Message of Life


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(Transvaal Ndebele/South Africa)

Zimu is the supreme being.

Zimu sent the chameleon with a message: “Go and tell the people that they will die and rise again.” The chameleon set out but did not arrive quickly enough, so the lizard set out and ran hard and arrived before the chameleon, saying to the people, “You will die and you will not arise again.” The chameleon arrived after the lizard and said, “You will die and arise again.” But the people said to the chameleon, “We adhere to the word of the lizard.”

Subjects: Religion.


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