The Story of the Tongue FOLKLORE GHANA

A long time ago, there was a village. The people lived happily and peacefully. They had a leader.The village chief was a wise man. He was humble and was willing to learn from others. His people loved him very much.

It was in the morning. The Chief asked his Servant to go to the market to buy something for dinner.
“What would you like to eat, Sir?“ asked theServant politely.
“Hmm... I think I want to eat meat. Yes, please buy the best meat you find in the market,“ asked the Chief.

“And the price, Sir?“ “I don't care with the price. Buy me the best and the most expensive meat in the market,“ replied the Chief“Yes, Sir,“ said the Servant dutifully.

The Servant immediately went to the market. Later she went home and brought apiece of meat. It did not look good.

The Chief asked, “What kind of meat is this? It doesn't look good.“
The Servant answered, “It's a tongue of a cow,Sir. Don't worry, although it doesn't look good Iwill cook it and make it delicious for you.“

The Chief nodded. He knew his servant wasvery good at cooking. He fully trustedher.
Later the Servant gave him therest of the money. The Chief counted the money and said, “The meat is very expensive.“

“Yes, Sir. You said that I had to buy the most expensive meat. So, this is the most expensive one,“ explained the Servant.

Then, the meat was cooked. The Chief tasted it. He was smiling. He said, “You are right! This meat is so delicious. Thank you very much.“ The servant was smiling when her master complimented her.
On the following day, the Chief again asked the Servant to go to the market.

“I really enjoyed eating the tongue of the cow you bought yesterday. Now, go to the market and buy the best and the most expensive cow's tongue,“ asked the Chief.

The Chief gave her the money and soon the servant went to the market.
When she went back home, the Chief looked at the cow's tongue she bought at the market. It looked exactly the same as the tongue she bought on the previous day.

The Chief said, “I know it doesn't look good. But I'm sure you can cook it and make it delicious.“
The servant just nodded her head.

Later, the meat was served. The Chief immediately ate it. However, he was not happy with the meat.
The Chief asked, “I asked you to buy the best and the most expensive cow's tongue, just like you did yesterday. But why this tongue is not delicious?“ The servant politely said, “Because it's a tongue, Sir.“

The Chief looked confused. He asked, “I don't understand. What do you mean?“ “The tongue can be good or bad, it depends on the words or sounds heard by others. If a person's words are kind and sweet, the tongue is good. We are also happy to hear them. However, if the words are hurtful and painful, they can bring sadness and anger. That means the tongue is bad,“ explained the Servant.
The Chief was smiling. He was so happy to hear that.

“It's very beautiful. I just got an important lesson from you. Thank you very much,“ said the Chief. Media Indonesia, 12/10/2014, halaman 21

Master Man Nigeria

Folklore From Nigeria
ONCE there was a very strong man.However, he was very boastful. His name was Shadusa. He always said t that he was the strongest man on earth.He called himself as the Master Man.
His wife, Shettu, often reminded him. She often advised him not to be boastful. One day, she said, “Remember, no matter how strong you are, there must be someone stronger than you are.“
“That's impossible! No one is stronger than I am!“ said Shadusa arrol gantly.t On the following day, Shettu went to the neighboring village. On the way home, she felt very thirsty. She saw a well. She wanted to take some water.She threw in a bucket. After the bucket was full of water, she tried to pull the rope. Sadly, the bucket was too heavy.She could not pull the rope.

While she was trying to pull the rope, a woman approached her. She was carrying her baby. The woman asked,t “What's the matter? You seem to have problem.“
Shettu said, “I cannot pull this rope.The bucket is too heavy.“

The woman replied, “Don't worry.My baby will help you.“ Later she put her baby on the ground then said,t “Honey, please pull this rope.“
The baby easily pulled the rope and gave the bucket to Shettu.

Shettu could not believe what she saw. She said, “That's amazing. How can your baby be so strong?“ The woman said, “His father is the Master Man. He is very strong.“
Shettu went home. Later she told her husband about the strong baby whose father was the Master Man. Shadusa looked upset. He said, “No way! The woman was playing some tricks on you. It's impossible that a baby could pull the rope.“

“If you don't believe me, why don't you go to the well and see how strong the baby is,“ replied Shettu.,Shadusa was so curious. Later he went to the well and waited for the woman. Few minutes later, the woman with the baby came.

Shadusa asked, “I heard that the baby's father is the Master Man. Is it true?“The woman answered, “Yes, it is.“
“May I see him?“The woman shook , her head. “I don't think so. You cannot see Mas, ter Man because he will eat you.“
“I don't care! I want to see him and prove who the real Master Man is,“ said Shadusa.
“It's up to you,“ replied the woman.

Later, Shadusa followed the woman , to her home. When they arrived, a giant welcomed them. “That's my husband. He is the Master Man.“
Shadusa's body was shaking. He was so scared. He ran away. Unfortunately, the giant saw him. He chased Shadusa.

Shadusa ran very fast. He met a stranger. He asked, “Why do you look so scared?“ “The Master Man is trying to catch me. He is going to eat me.“ SENO “It's impossible. I'm the Master Man,“ replied the stranger.

Suddenly, the giant came! The stranger challenged the giant to fight to prove who the Master Man was.

They were fighting for days and still there was no winner. They fought not only on the ground. They were even fighting in the sky! The sound of the fight was so deafening.

Since then when people heard thunder they said, “Those two men are fighting to prove who the Master Man is. Media Indonesia, 21/09/2014, halaman 21

The Lion and the Rabbit

IN a jungle, there lived kinds of animals. They lived in fear. They did not live happily nor peacefully. It was because of the Lion, their king.
When the Lion was hungry, he would catch and eat any animals he saw. Because of that, the animals were always in danger. They were afraid that they would meet their king when he was hungry.
One day, all ani mals had a secret meeting to solve their problem.
“We have to do something.We cannot live like this forever,“ said the deer.
“Yes, we have to find the solution. Anyone had an idea?“ asked the goat.
The Cow nodded. He had an idea. “Listen, when the Lion is hungry, he always catches any animal he sees, right? Why don't we offer to him that we will provide one of us for him to eat regularly? That way, other animals can live peacefully.“
“But how can we choose one of us to be his food?“ asked the Rabbit.
“We choose the oldest animal,“ replied the Cow.
“Who is the oldest animal now?“ asked the Goat.
“I am,“ said the Rabbit sadly.“Let's start now,“ said the Buffalo.
“No! Wait!!! Not now! Let's talk to the Lion first. We have to suggest this idea. If he agrees, we will start tomorrow,“ said the Rabbit. He hoped he would find a way to save his life.
The Cow agreed. “He is right.We should offer this idea to the Lion. Let's meet him.“
Soon, all the animals in the jungle went to the Lion's place.
The Cow dared himself to speak. “Sir, we don't live peacefully here. It's because when you are h u n g r y, you will chase and eat any animal you see.“
“It's true. When I'm hungry, I eat you and not eat grass!“ said the Lion.
“Sir, can we suggest something? Instead of you chase any animal you see, why don't we come to you regularly. That means you just stay here and eat one of us. So, the rest of us can live peacefully,“ continued the Cow.
“That's an excellent idea!“ The Lion was smiling showing off his sharp teeth and that made all the animals were so scared.
“When do we start?“ asked the Lion.
“Tomorrow, Sir.“
“Good! If one of you don't come here tomorrow, I will continue chasing any animal I see,“ said the Lion.
At night, the Rabbit could not sleep. He was thinking hard how he could save his life. He finally found a great idea.
On the following day, the Rabbit went to the Lion's place. The Rabbit pretended to be very tired. He said, “I'm so lucky that I can come here safely.“
The Lion was confused. He asked, “What do you mean?“ The Rabbit replied, “I just met another Lion. He is bigger and stronger than you are. He wanted to eat me but I said that he could not eat me because my King will eat me.He is laughing and challenging you, Sir. He said that he is the best Lion.“
The Lion was angry! “Show me where he is! I will kill him now!“ The Rabbit brought the Lion to a well. “Sir, look! He is over there!“ The Rabbit pointed at the bottom of the well. It was deep and filled with water. The Lion immediately looked at the bottom of the well. He saw another Lion. Well, actually it was his own reflection. Fortunately he did not know that.
The Lion yelled, “Who are you?“ The reflection echoed, “Who are you?“ The Lion was upset. He thought that the Lion at the bottom of the well was making fun of him. He jumped to the bottom of the well to attack him.
The Lion was drowned. He tried to climb up to the surface but the well was too deep. The Lion tried several times and slowly he was running out of breath and energy. He was so weak that he was finally dead.
The Rabbit was so happy to see that. He immediately told other animals that the Lion was dead and they could live peacefully. Media Indonesia, 7/09/2014, hal 20