The Duiker and Her Child

"Don't walk in that place!" said the Duiker to her child. "The earth will swallow you and kill you."
"Don't be silly!" said the little Duiker. "Who has ever heard of the earth opening up and swallowing someone?"
"Believe me," the mother repeated, "there is danger there."
But the little Duiker did not listen. As soon as he set foot on the place of danger, a hunter's pitfall opened up beneath him, and he fell to his death, impaled on the spears in the pit.
"Woe is me," said his mother. "My child has died because he would not listen."



Inspired by: "Young Okpweng Antelope Learns Obedience at the Cost of His Life" in Bulu Folk-Tales (in Journal of American Folklore) by George Schwab, 1919. The Bulu are a people who live in Cameroon. 
Notes: You can read the original story online. The name of the antelope is okpweng, also known as duiker.



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