The Guinea Fowl Child

The Guinea Fowl Child

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  • My husband wasted too many years with you. In just a short time, I have already given him children. Go away since no one wants your gifts!
  • I am really lonely. So will you make me your child?
  • I can't have a guinea fowl for a child because everyone would mock me.
  • Pitipiti was married to a rich man, but after years of marriage, she was still unable to give him the many children which he deserved. She was very sad the day that her husband married a new wife so that he could have children. But she was also happy when she learned that his new wife had a child, and then another.
  • What a waste that our husband gave you so much land to work. You have no one to feed but yourself.
  • How can someone speak to my mother like that!?!
  • Each time that the new wife had given birth, Pitipiti went to give the newborn a gift; yet she was refused each time. 
  • Come and eat my friends there is lots of grain. Come and eat my friends, eat all of this woman’s grain.
  • They ate, and when they finished the meal, they heard the song of the guinea fowl. Looking around, they discovered that the singing came from their own stomachs. They got so scared that they grabbed the knives from the table and cut stabbed at the birds. The birds flew out of the holes and left the couple dead on the floor. They then returned to the field to eat the remaining grain.
  • After a few months, while she was working in her fields she heard something from the bushes. She went to see what it was and found a guinea fowl at the top of a branch. 
  • She decided that if she kept him as a child at nights it would give her company. The guinea fowl promised that he would come late at night and he would leave the house early in the morning. That night, when she returned home she started to prepare her meal when she heard the guinea fowl at the window. She let him in and they enjoyed their meal before going to bed. They lived very happily together. The new wife would pass and jeer at Pitipiti mocking her while she worked in her fields.
  • He flew to the bushes just near the new wife’s fields and began to sing a song. The new wife thought that it was a bird like all the others singing in the bush. Then all the guinea fowls arrived. Soon her fields were filled with guinea fowls that heard the song and come to fill their bellies. In a panic, the new wife started to scream at them and kill the guinea fowl one after the other including Pitipiti’s son. She immediately prepared them for dinner.
  • When Pitipiti learned what had happened, she was happy that she would no longer have to endure the new wife. She also got to keep all of her husband’s cattle and his land. Once people heard what happened, there were many men who wanted to marry Pitipiti. After all, she had a very intelligent and interesting son.
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