Tasting Honey with Two Fingers

Here is a story:

There once was a great village which was plagued by a famine. One small child from the village discovered a place where he could collect honey from the beehive.

One day, the child collected honey for the people in the village. Another time, the child’s father told him: I will go with you. The child agreed but warned his father: At the place where we are going you cannot eat honey with two fingers. When they arrived there, they saw bees. The child went up to the hive and took some honey which they both began to eat. When the child glanced at his father, he noticed he was eating honey with two fingers. So the child told him:Father what did I tell you? Instantly the father died and the child began to cry and sing:

Father, I told you, father,
I said: the honey from the citungula tree, father,
One does not eat it with two fingers,
So let us go over that hill,
In the hills there are many taboos,
Father, O.K. let us go.

And that is the end of our story.

The moral of the story: we should spare no effort to achieve what is really important to us. To achieve our objectives we must carry out instructions to the letter. We must adhere to rules regardless of our age or seniority as otherwise we may ruin our lives.

The Mambwe proverbs say: Who wants to produces salt has to follow the instructions of people who know how to do it, or he will come back empty-handed (Wa kuli wimbi, ntanzi na miloncele).

Subjects: priorities – determination – success – safety – following rules


Written by Joseph Cikopela Siwila, Matanga 9th of April 1984.