The First King of Madzivoa Land

p>Once upon a time there lived a man and his wife. They had a son who was called Runde and a daughter who was called Munjari. The two children grew up together.

One day, Munjari saw her brother in the bath. She saw her brother naked. Munjari said to herself: Runde is more than all other men. I want to sleep with Runde. Munjari went to a Nganga and said: Make me a mushonga (magic charm). What I desire is a man. The Nganga made a mushonga. The mushonga was a small grain. The Nganga gave the mushonga to Munjari.

In the evening, after eating, Runde said to Munjari: I am thirsty, give me something to drink: Munjari put the mushonga under a finger nail. She brought a calabash of water and held it in such a way that her thumb nail was in the water. Runde drank. The mushonga had fallen into the water. Runde drank the water. He swallowed the mushonga.

The next day Runde went to his parents and said: No-one shall marry my sister Munjari. I want to marry her myself. The parents said, you are getting above yourself. Only the Mambos marry their sisters. Runde said: I must marry my sister. The parents said, you are not a Mambo and you are not an animal. We do not allow you to marry your sister. Runde said: If you do not give me my sister Munjari for a wife I shall kill myself. The parents said: We shall not give you your sister Munjari for a wife, Runde left.

He took his white clothes, his spears, and his dogs, and went to a lake. He went into the lake with all his possessions. His clothes became the red sheen on the lake surface. His spears became reeds, his dogs turned into crocodiles; he himself lay on the lake bottom in the shape of a lion.

The day after, an old woman came to the lake shore. She washed her clothes. The old woman's clothes became red. The old woman was startled. Runde sang: Dear grandmother, you are washing your clothes. Go and tell them that Runde is in the lake. His clothes are as red as the stagnant water. His dogs have become crocodiles. His spears have turned into reeds. He has died for his Munjari.

The old woman heard Runde's song and ran to the village of the parents and said to them: Your son Runde has gone into the lake. His clothes have become the red sheen on the lake surface. His spears have .become reeds. His dogs have turned into crocodiles. He has died for his Munjari. The parents took fright. They said: We must do anything we can for Runde.

The parents went to the lake with a beautiful maiden. They shouted: Your Munjari is here. Runde called from the water: If you are my sister Munjari, jump into the lake. The maiden took fright and ran back to the village. Runde shouted: This was not my sister Munjari. The parents went back to the village.

The parents went to the lake with another fair maiden. The parents shouted Your sister Munjari is here. Runde called from the water: If you are my sister Munjari, jump into the lake. The maiden took fright and ran back to the village. Runde called: This was not my sister Munjari. The parents went back to the village.