IJAPA AND THE MEDICINE SOUP
his wife Yorinbo have been married for a long time but do not have a child.
This made Yorinbo very sad. He decided to seek help from a medicine man. The
medicine man prepared a powerful potion that would make Yonribo pregnant. He
mixed it into a delicious smelling beef stew and handed it to Ijapa the
tortoise to give to his wife. The tortoise carried the pot and set off for
Very soon, the beef stew aroma became overpowering and the tortoise thought he
should take a peek into the pot. Inside were very large juicy chunks of meat
and Ijapa thought, “Surely Yorinbo cannot finish these by herself. She has
a small appetite, I will have to help her out”. So he helped her to eat
one big juicy chunk of meat. Then two, and three. The beef stew was really
delicious. Ijapa thought surely, the medicine man was in the wrong profession.
And then four. Soon, he was no longer counting, until he noticed that there was
only one piece left.
The tortoise was shocked at what he had done. He had eaten Yorinbo’s potion.
But not one to dwell too long on his mistakes, he shrugged it off. Afterall, if
the medicine man was as powerful as they say, the remaining one piece of chunky
juicy meat should be enough to make Yorinbo pregnant. So he covered the pot and
continued on his way.
As the tortoise continued on his way home, his stomach began to ache. His
stomach ached so badly, he decided to return to the medicine man to seek some
help. By the time he got to the medicine man, his stomach was huge and hard and
ached so much that he could hardly talk. But he managed to confess what he had
done and plead for help. Unfortunately, the medicine man could not help him and
Ijapa the tortoise had to face the consequence of his action.
His stomach continued to grow and ache and after several days of pure agony,