[Latest Post][777]

Motivational
Poem
Funny
ShortStory
Love
How To...
AfricanFolktale
Fact
Biography
Health
Inferno
Birthday
Campus Parrot
Relationship
The Unknown Prince
Mythology
Recipe
Culture
Fashion
History
The Preacher's Love
Suggested Post

Search This Blog

Translate

THE MONSTER WHO HAD FIRE

This story took place a long time ago at a time when fire was scarce and only those who were very skilled at controlling fire had it whenever they wanted.
Others who needed fire would go to such people to tap some fire from them.

But there was a little village where they only man who could control fire was also a monster. He had huge teeth and he looked horrible. Whenever people came to his house to tap fire, they would laugh at him and he would get so angry that he would sometimes eat them up.

In the same village, there lived a man who had seven children. The family needed fire, so the man sent his first child to get fire from the monster.

When the child arrived at the monsters house, the following exchange too place [as a song in Yoruba]:

Monster: Kí lo wá se 
Child: Mo wá mú ná, èru bà mí 
Monster: Èru kí ni? 
Child: Èru eyín re 
Ó bá fi s’énu káló 

Monster: What do you want?
C: I’m here to tap fire but I am afraid
M: Afraid of what?
C: Afraid of your teeth
Then he swallowed the child

The father waited for his first child and after a while, he sent his second child to go after the first one. When the second child arrived at the monsters house, the same exchange took place:
Monster: Kí lo wá se 
Child: Mo wá mú ná, èru bà mí 
Monster: Èru kí ni? 
Child: Èru eyín re 
Ó bá fi s’énu káló 

Then the father sent his third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh child, one after the other but none of them returned. So the father went in search of his children.

When he got to the monsters house, he asked for his children and the monster told him that his children had been naughty. The monster said they had come to look at his teeth rather than get fire which is why he ate them. When the father heard this, he brought out his axe, killed the monster and slit his belly where he rescued all seven children.


Share This Post

Join This Conversation

Not logged in to facebook? Comment Below!

Start typing and press Enter to search