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Rains bring out the Dung Beatles

I took some pictures of a dung beetle foraging around in the wet dung after a rain. When I returned to sit on the front porch with some people, they told me this story:

Long ago a woman named Kaipoi gave birth to Senke, a baby girl. Senke grew up and there came warriors from the Ilumbua section of the Maasai to steal her away to their country. They called to her saying: “Come away with us! Here is milk in a white gourd”. Senke replied: “Go away, you are not my mother”. The warriors went away to visit the witch doctor to ask him what they might do to win Senke. The “olaibon” told them that they must stop eating dung beatles as was their custom. Then Senke would agree to go away with them. The warriors went back to the village of Senke but on the path they came across some dung beetles. Unable to contain their hunger, that broke off the legs of the beatles and ate them. On arriving at the village they called the girl as before. “Come away with us! Here is milk in a white gourd”. Senke answered as before: Go away, you are not my mother”. The perplexed warriors went back to the “Olaiboni”. He said: “You continued to eat those luscious dung beetle legs didn’t you”? You must stop! The warriors agreed to avoid their special delicacy and went back to the village of Senke. They called her as before and she immediately left the house of her mother and follow them to their far country. Her mother cried for days saying: “Those stupid warriors don’t understand how difficult it is for a woman alone without a daughter to help her”.

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