Zra Creates Death

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(Dan/Côte d'Ivoire)

Zra, the creator, made death, but formerly Death was in the countryside and did not come to the villages. Men did not die.

One day, at the time when Death was in the countryside and killed only game, a hunter journeyed. He was a very good hunter. In the countryside, he found some fire on which Death was cooking meat. Nobody had seen Death until then, but the hunter met him. Death told him, “You have seen my game, so you have seen me. You are a hunter, I am a hunter. We are fellow hunters.” The man stayed with Death for several days. Death gave him some meat. He thanked Death, and brought some meat back to his village. But he did not know that he was now in debt. One day, Death came to the village to ask for payment. He demanded that the hunter repay his debt. But the hunter said that he thought the meat was a gift. Death said that the hunter had come to him in the countryside, that he had taken all of Death's meat, and he therefore demanded repayment. The hunter then told Death to take one of his children. Death caught the child, saying, “I have come to you. You are in the village, you did not know that I was in the countryside. I killed game in the countryside, you came and took away my meat, and when I asked for payment you would not pay.”

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