THE HUNT OF LION AND
South African Folk Tale
by James A. Honey
Lion and Jackal, it is said, were one day
lying in wait for Eland. Lion shot
(with a bow) and missed, but Jackal
hit and sang out, "Hah! hah!"
Lion said, "No, you did not shoot anything.
It was I who hit."
Jackal answered, "Yea, my father, thou hast
Then they went home in order to return
when the eland was dead, and cut it up. Jackal,
however, turned back, unknown to Lion, hit his
nose so that the blood ran on the spoor of the
eland, and followed their track thus, in order
to cheat Lion. When he had gone some distance,
he returned by another way to the dead
eland, and creeping into its carcass, cut out all
Meanwhile Lion followed the blood-stained
spoor of Jackal, thinking that it was eland
blood, and only when he had gone some distance
did he find out that he had been deceived. He
then returned on Jackal's spoor, and reached
the dead eland, where, finding Jackal in its carcass,
he seized him by his tail and drew him out
with a swing.
Lion upbraided Jackal with these words:
"Why do you cheat me?"
Jackal answered: "No, my father, I do not
cheat you; you may know it, I think. I prepared
this fat for you, father."
Lion said: "Then take the fat and carry
it to your mother" (the lioness); and he gave
him the lungs to take to his own wife and children.
When Jackal arrived, he did not give the fat
to Lion's wife, but to his own wife and children;
he gave, however, the lungs to Lion's wife, and
he pelted Lion's little children with the lungs,
"You children of the big-pawed one!
You big-pawed ones!"
He said to Lioness, "I go to help my father"
(the lion); but he went far away with his wife