The Evil Spirit and the Small Child

Here is a story:

There once was a great village and in this village there lived a man and his child. This village was plagued by an uncommonly bad famine and so the father and his child went to the bush to look for the fruit of the ikole tree. The fruits were close to the home of the Evil Spirit. The father went and began to eat the fruit of the ikole tree at the Evil Spirit’s place. He ate until he was full. When he left this place, his child went there to eat. The child ate until he was so full he could not walk and he fell asleep there and then.

When the Evil Spirit returned, he could smell the child’s flesh and said: I smell a human. The child farted and the Evil Spirit thought: God has sent me a radio. Because the farting sounded so much like a radio: pu pu pu. The Evil Spirit began enjoying the sound of the child farting, thinking it was a radio. When the Evil Spirit fell asleep, the child escaped and took along a piece of rubber which was like a bouncing ball. He took the ball and he met with the Evil Spirit. The Evil Spirit took the bouncing ball and asked the boy: May I bounce it against the ground? So he bounced it and it jumped up. The boy said: You are paralysed. The boy said: You are paralysed, each time the Evil Spirit bounced the ball against the ground. Then the Evil Spirit said: Now your turn. So the child started to bounce it against the ground and the Evil Spirit shouted: You are paralysed, each time he bounced the ball against the ground. When the boy said: You are paralysed, the Evil Spirit became paralysed. Each time he said: You are paralysed, he became paralysed. This happened to each part of the body. The Evil Spirit became paralysed in his legs, his waist and his stomach and so he died.

And that is the end of our story.

The moral of the story: our lives are in God’s hands, not those of other spirits. If we are obedient to God’s commandments, even if we die, we will have new life in heaven.

The Mambwe proverbs say: The day when God is going to give you a meal is unknown (Wanda uno Leza akukwimula, usimanyikwa); 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).

Subjects: God – protecting humans – God’s commandments – priorities – obedience to God – reward


Written by Joseph Sicivula, 07th of September 1994.