Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Nyanga people.
Come morning in the land of the dead Mwindo reported to Muisa. As the death-god had threatened the previous evening, he had a task to assign the semidivine Mwindo. If the hero succeeded at the task Muisa would tell him where he could find his evil father Shemwindo. If he failed he would be slain by Muisa and never leave the land of the dead.
Muisa commanded Mwindo to plant banana trees there in the land of the dead and cause them to grow and produce bananas despite the fact that no fruit had ever grown in that lifeless realm.
Given the amount of time it would take to plant acres of banana trees let alone for them to try to grow Muisa figured that even if Mwindo’s magic was strong enough to accomplish the miraculous deed it would keep him occupied for months.
Mwindo, being spied upon at a distance by a dead soul assigned by Muisa to follow him, set about accomplishing his task. The semidivine hero began singing another of his song-spells and as he sang the billhooks automatically laid out the new rows for the banana trees and cut down the ubiquitous weeds there in the subterranean land of the dead.
When that was done Mwindo’s song-spell caused all the banana trees to plant themselves. Next the still-singing hero unleashed the axe from his pouch of magical implements and it flew around directed by his song-spell and chopped down all the lifeless, leafless trees that surrounded the planted banana trees and would have prevented them from growing.
While Mwindo continued singing the banana trees began growing superfast in defiance of all natural laws. Our semidivine hero even caused the billhooks to cut gaffs and use them to prop up the growing banana trees. When his song-spell had brought the trees to full-growth and the bananas themselves to luscious ripeness he stopped singing and admired his handiwork.
The dead soul that had been spying on our hero for Muisa now raced back to the god of the dead and informed him of the miracle wrought by Mwindo and the short amount of time it had taken. Infuriated, the death-god ordered his karemba-belt to fly off on its own to slay Mwindo in violation of his promise.
The karemba-belt caught the semidivine hero from behind while he was rounding up banana bunches with another song-spell. The animated belt slammed Mwindo into the ground and began crushing him so thoroughly the pressure forced urine and dung from the hero’s body.
Despite his agony Mwindo summoned his conga-sceptre ( a riding-crop sized staff made of antelope tail) from his nearby pouch and the animated conga-sceptre attacked the karembo-belt of Muisa.
If this was depicted cinematically (and for good or ill that’s how just about everybody pictures everything they read these days) the battle of the self-animated implements would look a bit silly, so it would probably be presented as Muisa himself having flown to attack Mwindo. Our hero would be wielding his conga-sceptre to defend himself like he does in other portions of this tale.
Mwindo’s conga-sceptre overcame Muisa’s karemba-belt and then the hero sent his conga-sceptre flying off back to the death-god’s hut. Once there Mwindo’s favorite weapon bludgeoned Muisa into submission. Or, again, if pictured cinematically, Mwindo flew back to the hut and defeated Muisa to punish him for his perfidy.
The death-god’s daughter Kahindo intervened to stop Mwindo from continuing to beat her father. Our hero honored her wish and spared Muisa further harm. Putting on an outraged air at Mwindo’s “disrespect” to his host, Muisa decreed that the hero would have to perform another task for him come morning. Failure would, of course, result in Mwindo’s death.
Mwindo was infuriated at Muisa’s dishonesty but went off with Kahindo to spend another night with her in her hut. +++
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FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE: PART ONE OF MWINDO
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