Story: The Mantis and the Ticks
The Mantis and the Ticks
The Mantis visits the abode of the Ticks, attempts to take some of their food, and is well beaten by them. He flies away, goes into the water, and returns home where he is pitied and lectured by the Ichneumon. (L VIII.-3. 6236-6258, 6267-6269). In a further account of the Mantis and the Ticks, the Mantis pays a visit to the houses of the Ticks, is worsted by them, and escapes. Having been counselled by /kwámmana, through the young Ichneumon, he goes again to the Ticks, gets the better of them, and brings their sheep home (L VIII.-20. 7790-7811). |kaggen (the Mantis) visits the Ticks, who see him coming and hide in sheep's wool. |kaggen tastes some food from one of their pots and the Ticks beat him. He flies away and returns to his house, where |kwammana tells him how to defeat the Ticks.
1) Note on p.7790 'Oct 1919' (when D. Bleek translated), 2) This story was told to |han≠kass'o by his mother (|xabbi-an), 2) p.7810v: a method of 'dipping' meat using a wooden spoon (Dutch and |xam words for 'dishing up'), 3) See also The Mantis takes away the Tick's sheep (including Porcupine's speech concerning the coming of ||khwai-hemm) and The Mantis and ||khwai-hemm, 4) This story is found in Book VIII-20
30 – 31 October 1878 (translated in October 1919 by D Bleek)
|kaggen (the Mantis) , |kaggen (and the Ticks) , |kaggen (the Ticks beat him) , |kaggen (grows strong in the water) , |kaggen (his things, or Hartebeest children) , |kaggen (eats from the Tick's pots) , |kaggen (flies away) , |kaggen (goes into the water) , |kaggen (the Ichneumon advises him) , |kaggen (curses the Ticks) , |kaggen (and his relations) , |kaggen (and |kwammana) , |kaggen (his actions) , |kaggen (his fight with the Ticks) , |kaggen (pretends to be clever) , water (|kaggen goes into and gets strong) , water (|kaggen and the Ticks) , Ticks (|kaggen and) , Ticks (|kaggen's fight with) , Ticks (their doings) , Ticks (hide in sheep's wool) , Ticks (the Ichneumon's advice concerning) , Ticks (|kwammana's advice concerning) , Ticks (their pots must not be eaten from) , Ticks (driving their sheep) , Ticks (|kaggen curses) , Ticks (beat |kaggen) , Ticks (their pots) , Ticks (their food) , Ichneumon (advises |kaggen about the Ticks) , Ichneumon (|kaggen and the Ticks) , |kwammana (advises |kaggen about the Ticks) , |kwammana (|kaggen and the Ticks) , fight (between |kaggen and the Ticks) , sheep (belonging to the Ticks) , sheep (the Ticks hide in their wool) , sheep (|kaggen and the Ticks) , things (|kaggen's 'hartebeest children') , things (|kaggen and the Ticks) , Hartebeest children (|kaggen's things) , Hartebeest children (|kaggen and the Ticks) , food (and pots of the Ticks) , food (|kaggen and the Ticks) , pots (and food of the Ticks) , pots (|kaggen and the Ticks)