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Story: Woman transformed into a lion


Woman transformed into a lion


Wilhelm Bleek notebooks


The Hottentot legend of a Bushman woman who transformed herself into a lion, as told by Sir. J. Alexander, was translated, through the medium of the Dutch, by /a!kúnta. (B I. 161–167)– We have also a second version of this translation. (LI. –1. 114–118.) An account of a woman's transformation into a lion and her return to human form. Her Koranna companion wishes her to hunt for meat for them both but is frightened when she assumes a lion's form and hides up a tree. The woman takes off the lion's skin and becomes a woman again, returning to her child. (Page 160 contains words and sentences)


1) This story is found in Book I


|a!kunta (Stoffel) (I)






woman (who hunts the quagga in a lion's form) , woman (and the Koranna) , woman (has a lion's skin) , woman (her 'skin petticoat') , woman (transformed into a lion) , woman (who becomes a lion) , lion (assuming the form of a) , lion (woman with the skin of a) , lion (woman transformed into a) , Koranna (and the woman transformed into a lion) , transformation (of a woman who becomes a lion) , transformation (of a woman with a lion's skin) , skin ('petticoat') , skin (woman who has a lion's) , skin (of the woman transformed into a lion) , dress (the skin 'petticoat' of the woman who becomes a lion)

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