The Lizard and the Snake

Lizard and Snake were friends.
When Lizard's daughter came of age, Lizard arranged a dance. "Snake," he said, "I want you to lead the drumming," and he gave Snake a drum.
Snake was honored to lead the drummers, but he had no hands to beat the drum with. "What can I do?" he thought to himself, and then he realized he could beat the drum with his head.
So Snake beat his head on the drum over and over and over.
After all that drumming, Snake's head ached.
He couldn't remember anything.
He died.
That is how drumming killed Snake.



Inspired by: "The Story of Mr. Water-lizard and Mr. Tree-snake" in Lamba Folklore by Clement M. Doke, 1927.

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