THE DOG HIDES HIS MOTHER

There was a famine in
the animal kingdom. This famine had lasted so long that any existing source of
food had been completely depleted. The animals knew they had to do something
real quick or they would all die off one by one. They called a meeting where
every animal was in attendance

and they determined that they had to do
something drastic. It was decided that the mothers would be sacrificed to
ensure the continuation of the animal races. They would eat their
mothers.

The dog who had been at the meeting decided to hide his mother. He was not
going to sacrifice his mother, so he hid her in the sky. Everyday, he would go
to a particular spot where he sang a song asking his mother to drop a rope.

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Dog would sing:

Iya Iya ta?kun wa le o
Alu jon jonki jon
Gbogbo araye pa yeye re je
Alu jon jonki jon
Aja gbe ti re o d?orun
Alu jon jonki jon
Iya Iya ta?kun wa le o
Alu jon jonki jon

Mother Mother send down your rope
[Chorus]
All have killed and eaten their mothers
[Chorus]
Dog has taken his mother to the sky
[Chorus]
Mother Mother send down your rope
[Chorus]

His mother would drop a rope and the dog would climb to the sky where his
mother would have a feast waiting for him.

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One day as the dog was singing for his mother to drop the rope, the tortoise
was passing by and he hid himself to observe what was going on. He heard the
song dog was singing, then he saw a rope being dropped from the sky with which
the dog climbed to the sky.

The following day, the tortoise went to the same spot and disguising his voice
like the dog?s, he sang the song he had heard the dog sing the day before. A
rope dropped from the sky and the tortoise began to climb this rope. At this
same time, the dog was just approaching the same spot and he saw the tortoise
climbing to the sky. The dog immediately started to sing to his mother. This
time, he sang that he was not the one climbing the rope and his mother should
cut the rope. Dog?s mother got a pair of scissors and cut the rope sending the
tortoise crashing to the ground. This caused tortoise shell to break into
several pieces. He managed to glue these pieces together but that is how the
tortoise ended up with the rough shell we know today.

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