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The mythical bird sent by god to tell the Galla of Ethiopia that they would not die. Holawaka was to say that when men found themselves growing old and weak, they were to slip off their skins and become young again. On the way the bird met a snake which was eating a dead animal. It promised to let the snake hear the message in return for sharing the carcass. So Holawaka altered the meaning and said: ‘Man will die when he is old, but the snake will change its skin and grow young again.’ Afterwards this was the case.

Subjects: Religion.

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