The Schoolboy And The Bonga

There was once a boy who went every day to school and on his way

home he used always to bathe in a certain tank. Every day he left his

books and slate on the bank while he bathed and no one ever touched

them. But one day while he was in the water a bonga maiden came

out of the tank and took his books and slate with her under the

water. When the boy had finished bathing he searched for them a

long time in vain and then went home crying. When the midday meal

was served he refused to eat anything unless his books were found:

his father and mother promised to find them for him and so he ate a

very little. When the meal was finished his father and mother went

to the bonga maiden and besought her--singing

"Give daughter-in-law, give

Give our boy his pen, give up his pen."

The bonga maiden sang in answer

"Let the owner of the pen

Come himself and fetch it."

Then the boy's eldest brother and his wife went and sang

"Give, sister-in-law, give,

Give our brother his pen: give up his pen."

The bonga maiden sing in answer

"Let the owner of the pen

Come himself and fetch it"

Then the boy's maternal uncle and his wife went and sang the same

song and received the same answer. So they told the boy that he must

go himself.

When he reached the tank the bonga girl came up and held out his

books to him; but when he went to take them she drew back and so she

enticed him into the tank; but when once he was under the water he

found he was in quite a dry and sandy place. There he stayed and was

married to the bonga girl. After he had lived with her a long time

he became homesick and longed to see his father and mother. So he

told his bonga wife that he must go and visit them. "Then do not

take your school books with you," said she; "perhaps you won't come

back." "No, I will surely return," he answered; so she agreed to his

going and said that she would sit on the door step and watch for his

return; and he must promise to be very quick. She tied up some cakes

and dried rice for him and also gave him back his school books.

She watched him go to his home and sat and watched for his return but

he never came back. Evening came and night came but he did not return:

then the bonga girl rose and went after him. She went through the

garden and up to her husband's house in a flame of fire: and there

she changed herself into a Karinangin snake and entering the house

climbed on to the bed where the boy lay sleeping and climbed on to

his breast and bit him.

"Rise mother, rise mother,

The Karinangin snake

Is biting me."

he called--

But no one heard him though he kept on calling: so he died and the

bonga girl went away with his spirit.

The Scare Cure The Schoolmaster Had Not Reached Orrington facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail