Lozi and Simwenya, the Evil Spirit

Here is a story:

There once was a king who built a great village and in that village there was a river where the king’s children washed themselves. One day when they were washing themselves, one of the king’s daughters named Lozi forgot her ring. After they left the river, Lozi said: My friends, I have forgotten my ring, allow me to return and get it.

When she returned, she saw Simwenya who had put the ring in a giant drum. Simwenya was an Evil Spirit and so he also put the owner of the ring in the drum.

When her friends said: A lot of time has passed since Lozi has left, they began to yell: Lozi, Lozi. The Evil Spirit started to sing his song:

I went to the river and I forgot my ring, over there;

I will go back to get it, over there, I will go back to get it;

I met Simwenya, who took it, over there;

Simwenya took it and put it in his big drum, over there;

And his big drum which makes the sound: njele njele;

And the heavens thunder as the rain falls in this country, over there.

And that is the end of our story.

The moral of the story: God loves all of us and gives us rain and fertile soil which we should cultivate. This is why we should thank and worship Him.

The Mambwe proverbs say: When you dig for a small remedy (root), you must mix it with God (God’s power)(Kwimba kalembo(nantikati), kusanzya na Leza); God is the Cutter, he made the wasp slim without cutting (it in half)(Lez’Umucetozi, wacetoli londa pakasi nga lyaputwike); God is totally independent, only his spirit knows itself (Leza a ntumba nambo, mwenzo kaimanyile); God is a blacksmith, he does not forge for just one person (Leza umusuzi, asisulila wenga); God does not forget any living being (that stands) (Leza, asyailila icimilile); The day when God is going to give you a meal is unknown (Wanda uno Leza akukwimula, usimanyikwa). English equivalent: God helps those who help themselves; Heaven helps those who help themselves.

Subjects: gratitude – God – rain – fertile soil – God’s blessings


Written by an unknown author.