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Folklore The Maasai are a tribe that live is Kenya and Tanzania. They have a very simple life that consists mostly of farming, eating and sleeping. Not surprisingly, most of their stories are about animals. Here is a popular story taken from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/explore/savanna/savanna_folklore_lo.ht ml The Caterpillar and the Hare One day, the hare returned home to find his front door locked. The hare, who was well liked by all the animals, never locked his door, and had no key. He rattled the knob, and called "Who is in my house?" A booming voice replied: "It is I! The one with many jointed ankles, who crushes elephants and rhinos to the earth and tramples lions into dust!" The hare was immediately frightened. Who could be so large and powerful as to crush elephants? The small hare could not defend himself against such a fierce foe, so he asked the hyena, the leopard and the elephant for help. Each one came to the hare’s house, but was too frightened by the occupant’s booming voice. Despairing, the hare brought the boastful frog to his door to see if he could help. The frog asked who was there and got the same answer. So the frog declared loudly; "You'd better come out, because I am here. I, the one who leaps the longest and has a tongue that can seize the fastest bird in the sky. I, who rule the waters, and the lion and the giraffe." From inside, a timid squeak sounded. Hopeful, all the animals rushed the door. When they found no one inside they rushed out again, only to find a small caterpillar inching out the door. Looking at his many feet and strangely jointed legs they knew that the caterpillar must be the one who had frightened them all, and they all laughed and were embarrassed by how easily they had been duped.

BY ISOBEL MADDEN, MEGHAN ARAPAKIS AND TANYA VORA


BY ISOBEL MADDEN, MEGHAN ARAPAKIS AND TANYA VORA


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