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Incredible tales told by igbos

18 January 2020
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Incredible tales told by igbos

Incredible tales told by igbos

Obaledo

Usually accompanied by a song, this tale tells the story of a young pretty girl. She encounters a great misfortune because of her challenge and her decision to disobey her parents. At a time when demons and spirits wandered in the villages, the girl called “obaledo” received from her parents the order. Before leaving on a trip, to stay within the confines of their house and to eat only yams and snails when they are hungry. The parents asked him to roast the yam before the snail, because the snail will eventually put out the fire.


Unfortunately, the young girl, greedy and hungry for meat, first roasted the snail and the fire went out. Still hungry, she left her house, disobeying her parents, to fetch a match from the neighbors. On her way, she meets a demon who steals her beauty and leaves her ugliness.


The King’s Drum

This story tells the story of a gourmet turtle that ends up trapped in its own greed. The turtle had jealous of a wealthy king. He had a drum that produced food and great wealth every time he was beaten. Set a trap for the king’s wife, and when she fell into the panel, he demanded the drum as his only compensation.


However, unbeknownst to him, the drum produced only the luxury he had seen under certain conditions and was bound by a juju. Finally, the turtle and its children end up breaking the juju. That was attached to the drum and instead of food and wealth, each time it hits the drum, men emerge and whip it completely. Defeated, the turtle and its family have taken up residence under the thorny tree. And according to history, this is the reason why the turtles still live under the thorny palm, because they have nowhere to go to eat.



The disobedient girl who married a skull

This tale tells the story of a young girl so pretty that she had suitors from all over the world. Unfortunately, she was very picky and was never satisfied with any of the offers. A demon from the spirit world, in the form of a skull, fell in love with her and was determined to marry her. He roamed the villages picking up body parts and became extraordinarily beautiful.



As expected, the girl fell in love with him after she laid eyes on him and agreed to marry him. After the marriage, the demon took the girl into the spirit world where she was suffering. She was however very kind and helpful to the demon’s mother. And in recognition of her acts of kindness, the demon’s mother helped her to escape and sent her back to her parents. Upon arriving at her parents’ home, the father asked her to marry one of her friends. And she voluntarily consented, lived with him for many years, and had many children.

Incredible tales told by igbos

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