Friday, February 25, 2011

Maasai Legend of the Sun and Moon

I read a good folkloric story from The Maasai people which was adapted by A.C. Harris. I came across it in the book "Kenya" by Jane Barsby.

Maasai Legend of the Sun and Moon
Long ago the sun married the moon but one day they fought and the moon struck the sun on the head. Of course the sun hit back, and damaged the moon. When they had finished fighting, the sun was so ashamed of his battered face that he became so dazzlingly bright that humans could not regard him without half closing their eyes. The moon, however, was not in the least bit ashamed and anyone looking at her can see that her mouth is cut and one of her eyes is missing.

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