MWINDO: EPIC MYTH OF AFRICA PART EIGHT

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Nyanga people.

PART EIGHT

Nyanga territoryThe semidivine Mwindo, clad in the iron garments his uncle the bat god had made his subjects forge for him, prepared to attack his evil father’s village of Tubondo single-handed. His aunt Iyangura pleaded with him not to go, fearing he would end up as dead as the army of bats which attacked Tubondo in the previous episode.

Mwindo told his aunt that he had to go, and to provide her partial comfort he left her his battle axe and his magical pouch containing the enchanted rope. Wielding only his conga-sceptre (a riding-crop sized staff made of antelope tail) Mwindo went up the hill to attack Tubondo.  

Mwindo entered the village through one of the seven entrances. The corpses of the slaughtered bat army littered Tubondo so that it was impossible to take a step without touching one of the fallen bats. Mwindo sang a challenge to his evil father Chief Shemwindo, who at first did not recognize his son since he had magically grown to manhood during his brief absence. 

Stunned that the son he had tried so often to kill was full-grown and back for vengeance Shemwindo ordered his soldiers to attack Mwindo. Singing more magical incantations our hero withstood every attack and defeated his father’s soldiers at every turn. By the time Mwindo completed his song-spell the soldiers told Chief Shemwindo that it was useless to continue the battle and those men remaining alive surrendered to the intruder. 

The victorious Mwindo now called on the bad-tempered lightning god Nkuba to bombard Tubondo with lightning bolts. Nkuba, still frustrated over the way Mwindo had evaded all his lightning bolts when Kasiyembe called on him to destroy the hero a few installments back, was pleased to have another target for his never-ending anger.

The lightning god pummeled Tubondo with lightning bolts, killing all the men, women and children in the village and destroying several buildings. Only the cowardly Chief Shemwindo survived, because he had abandoned his people and fled before the first of Nkuba’s bolts could strike.

Reaching the jungle outside of Tubondo Shemwindo pulled on a clump of kikoka ferns, ripping back the plants and a layer of the ground they were rooted in. When this flap of kikoka ferns and dirt was peeled open it exposed an entranceway to the land of Muisa, the god of the dead. (The Nyanga believed that if priests or chiefs pulled back the supernatural kikoka ferns like Shemwindo just did that a magical portal to Muisa’s realm would appear.) 

Cursing his father’s cowardice, Mwindo raised his conga-sceptre over his head and brought all of the slain bats back to life. Next he vowed to follow his father and exact vengeance on him, even if he had to search the entire land of the dead for him. +++

I WILL EXAMINE ADDITIONAL PARTS SOON. CHECK BACK ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK FOR UPDATES. 

FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE: PART ONE OF MWINDO

FOR ANOTHER EPIC MYTH CLICK HERE:  https://glitternight.com/2013/03/17/iroquois-epic-myth-hodadeion/

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