127. The Hyena and Her Friends

Hyena’s friends were disgusted by her eating habits: Hyena ate everything, even garbage.
Finally one of her friends said, “I’ll take you to a wizard who can cure greediness.”
Hyena agreed.
They went to the wizard, who killed a sheep and cut off its tail. “Take this,” he told Hyena. “Wash it in the river; then I’ll make it into medicine for you.”
On the way to the river, Hyena wanted to eat the sheep-tail.
“No!” said her friend. “Do what the wizard told you!”
But Hyena could not stop herself.
She ate the sheep-tail, so she got no medicine.

[a Banyoro story from Uganda] 

Inspired by: "The Greedy Hyena" in The Uganda Protectorate, volume 2 (Bantu Stories) by Harry Johnston, 1904.
Notes: You can read the original story online. This is a Banyoro story. The word for wizard is mukwezi.

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