The Leopard and his Farm

Leopard made all the animals come hoe his fields.
The animals worked very hard and grew thirsty, so Leopard agreed to go fetch some water.
After Leopard left, Tortoise shouted, "It's foolish to work for Leopard who killed our mothers and fathers."
"That's just Tortoise grumbling," the animals said.
Then Tortoise hid in a bush and when Leopard came back, he repeated, "It's foolish to work for Leopard who killed our mothers and fathers."
"A divine voice has spoken!" the animals shouted, and they threw their hoes at Leopard and ran off.
So Leopard had to hoe his own fields.



Inspired by: "The Leopard and His Farm" in Thirty-Two Folk-Tales of the Edo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria (published in Folklore) by Northcote W. Thomas, 1920.
Notes: You can read the original story online. In the story, the Tortoise cries out "Waise!" from his hiding place; the ewaise are diviners and doctors in western Africa, although I am not sure if that is what is meant here or not; I decided to make it seem like the animals recognized some kind of divine voice when Tortoise was hiding, compared to how they reacted when he was speaking to them directly. Maybe I'll be find another version of this story to help clarify.  






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