Story: The Moon pierced by the Sun
The Moon pierced by the Sun
Whilst in the preceding myths of the Mantis, the Moon, according to its origin, is only a piece of leather (a shoe of the Mantis),–in Bushman astrological mythology the Moon is looked upon as a man who incurs the wrath of the Sun, and is consequently pierced by the knife (i.e. rays) of the latter. This process is repeated until almost the whole of the Moon is cut away, and only one little piece left; which the Moon piteously implores the Sun to spare for his (the Moon’s) children. (As mentioned above, the Moon is in Bushman mythology a male being.) From this little piece, the Moon gradually grows again until it becomes a full moon, when the Sun’s stabbing and cutting processes recommence.– This explanation of the Moon’s changes is given in four versions; the longest of which (although as yet unfinished) is in a speech made by the Mantis, when he had created the Moon...The second version, written by L, is shorter (BI. 215b–215e, and re–written on 215bb–215ff...What happens to the Moon when it is pierced by the Sun. It decays and grows small (dies) then comes alive again.
1) Note on p.215bb: 'Recopied from Jantje Toorm's dictation (with him, June 10, '72).', 2) This story is found in Book I
(10 June 1872, recopied with ||kabbo's dictation)
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