Once upon a time, long, long ago, when the world was still new; the people of Africa lived peacefully under the great blue sky. Up above them, there was a much they knew little of…but soon, as time made room for mistakes, the people of Africa, the Bushmen; learned to fear the power of the beings above.
There in the Kingdom of the Sky lived a woman called Rain, who wore a rainbow around her waist. She was married to the Creator of the Earth, and together they were the parents of three, lovely, precious daughters. As the girls grew, Mother Rain grew anxious about their safety, because the land far below was dangerously attractive, and she did not want to lose her daughters. But when the eldest daughter pleaded to be allowed to visit Earth, Rain mellowed and let her daughter go, but only after making her promise to return.
When Rain’s daughter did not return, she grew very sad. The daughter had left her to marry a huntsman of the Earth, and Rain decided never to let the Earth people steal her children again. Meanwhile, she gave birth to another child, this time a son, who she named Son-eib. The son was everything the couple wanted, and he gave them great joy. But soon, the daughters still at home started clamoring to take Son-eib down to see the Earth. Remembering the last time, Rain put her foot down, and said no. But when Wolf, a family friend, said he would go along to make sure the children returned, the father relented, and let his children visit Earth.
Now, Wolf was a very bad being. When the party reached the Earth, a woman from the village came up to Son-eib; attracted by his radiant light. She offered them all food, but Wolf pretended Son-eib was an object, not a person, for safety—or so he claimed. Hurt, Son-eib wandered away, eyeing the marvels of this new world. A little red bird flew up to him, and enchanted, he placed it in his coat pocket.
At nighttime, Wolf again separated Son-eib from the rest of them, by telling the village people that he was to be kept in a small hut all by himself. As soon as night fell, Wolf crept out to find the bad people of the village, and together they burned the hut and killed Son-eib.
The parents of Son-eib did not get the news until the little red bird flew all the way up to Rain and told her the whole story. Furious with rage, the parents decided to take revenge. A great storm fell over the Bushmen, hiding the sky with grey, with a rainbow around its waist and lightning all around. The people cowered, but there was no escape for the people who had harmed Son-eib. Wolf and all the bad people were destroyed, and since then, the African Bushmen fear the rainbow, especially if they are guilty of sin.
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