Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Nyanga people.
This part of the Mwindo Epic picks up with the semidivine hero having been the chief of the village of Tubondo for an unspecified amount of time. One day he was in the mood for a meal of pork so he sent four of his loyal Pygmies out into the jungle to catch a wild boar for him. They set out with their hunting dogs on leashes.
The four Pygmies traveled far off into the jungle but could not find any wild boars or other large game. They began to suspect some supernatural predator of having whittled down the game population in the area. After a few days of searching fruitlessly for a wild boar the four Pygmies at last spotted and speared a boar.
While the quartet of hunters were slicing off the meat they were attacked by Kirimu, a huge monster with a tough black hide, seven heads with one large eye each, a horn on each head, teeth like a dog and a swollen belly with room for plenty of victims.
Kirimu overcame and killed three of the Pygmies but the fourth – named Nkurongo – fought his way free and fled, followed by the hunting dogs. While Kirimu finished feeding on the slain Pygmies Nkurongo and the dogs made good their escape.
Days later the Pygmy and the dogs reached Tubondo village and, exhausted, flopped into Chief Mwindo’s hut. Mwindo had a meal of banana paste served to the Pygmy, then listened as Nkurongo related the tale of what happened.
Mwindo announced that he would go into the jungle and kill Kirimu for slaying three of his valued Pygmy allies. The seven counselors who served as Chief Mwindo’s “cabinet” warned him not to do this (in some versions his father Shemwindo warns against this, too). Kirimu was considered too dangerous to challenge and for generations he had been given a wide berth.
The semidivine Mwindo stated he did not care what had been done before he was Chief. He considered himself lord of the region and would kill the monstrous Kirimu for his actions and free his people from ever again falling victim to the creature.
Holding high his conga-scepter (a riding-crop sized staff made of antelope tail), Mwindo vowed that either he or Kirimu would die this day. +++
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