Unumbotte, first Man, Snake and the Tree

Unumbotte made a human being. Its nameĀ  was Man. Unumbotte next made an antelope, named Antelope. Unumbotte made a snake, named Snake. At the time these three were made there were no trees but one, a palm. Nor had the earth been pounded smooth. All three were sitting on the rough ground, and Unumbotte said to them: The earth has not yet been pounded. You must pound the ground smooth where you are sitting. Unumbotte gave them seeds of all kinds, and said: Go plant these. Then Unumbotte went away.

Unumbotte came back. He saw that the three had not yet pounded the earth. They had, however, planted the seeds. One of the seeds had sprouted and grown. It was a tree. It had grown tall and was bearing fruit, red fruit. Every seven days Unumbotte would return and pluck one of the red fruits.

One day Snake said: We too should eat these fruits. Why must we go hungry? Antelope said: But we don't know anything about this fruit. Then Man and his wife took some of the fruit and ate it. Unumbotte came down from the sky and asked: Who ate the fruit? They answered: We did. Unumbotte asked: Who told you that you could eat that fruit? They replied:Snake did. Unumbotte asked:Why did you listen to Snake? They said: We were hungry. Unumbotte questioned Antelope: Are you hungry, too? Antelope said: Yes, I get hungry. I like to eat grass. Since then, Antelope has lived in the wild, eating grass.

Unumbotte then gave sorghum to Man, also yams and millet. And the people gathered in eating groups that would always eat from the same bowl, never the bowls of the other groups. It was from this that differences in language arose. And ever since then, the people have ruled the land.

But Snake was given by Unumbotte a medicine with which to bite people.