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- Baboons -
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And His Family -
At a time long ago the baboons were little people like the Bushmen, but
they were very mischievous. They loved making trouble. On a day Cagn sent
his con Cogaz to go and look for sticks they could use in making bows. When
the little people saw him they started dancing around the boy shouting:
"Your father thinks he is clever and wants to make bows to kill us, now
we will kill you!" They did as they said and Cogaz's body was hung in a
tree. The little people danced again and sang: "Cagn thinks he is clever!"
Then Cagn awoke from his sleep. He had a feeling that something was wrong
so he asked hi wife Coti to bring him his charms. He thought and thought.
Then it came to him. He realized what the little people did to his son.
He immediately went in search of his son. When the little people saw him
coming they started singing an other song. A little girl sitting nearby
told Cagn that they were singing something else before he came. He ordered
them to sing what the girl heard before. When he heard this he ordered them
to stay where they are until he returns. He returned with a basket full
of pegs. As they danced he drove a peg in each of their backsides. They
fled to the mountains because they now had tails and they started living
with animals. Cagn then climbed into the tree and used his magic to resurrect
This is why the Bushmen can understand the baboons so well. They can even
have very primitive conversations with the baboons.
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