Free Translation of the Hyena and Lizard tale.


 
      I am Fofana Baji of the Eramba ward of Sunjan, the son of Yoru Sinjan.
 
      I am now going to tell a story here in
            my house.
 
      Hyena and Lizard.
 

      The Lizard had a castrated ram that it had fed
          for
            seven years.
 
      The castrated ram was VERY fat.
 
      Now the Lizard wondered what it should do with this castrated ram.
 
      It couldn't figure it out.
         And it said "to sell it at a wrestling match."
 
      It went from village to village out there with those of the bush. They
      said they were afraid.
         The hare was afraid.
            The bush animals were afraid. Those there in the bush
            all said "no."
 
      When Hyena heard the news it got ready to come and ask.
 
      The Lizard said "I have been going around for a long time up until
      today and have not found anyone to buy.
 
      If you want this castrated ram TAKE IT.
 
      The Hyena took the castrated ram and went and it killed it. And it and
      ate it with his wife. Asekaren
                               and the children.
      They ate the castrated ram sloppily over all the days.
 
      Finished now he came to speak about which day the wrestling match would
      be. He said,
         they decided on Market Day.
 
      And they came together in the circle.
 
      Now all to the bush animals came and gathered.
 
      The Lizard looked for its drummer,
          he who was the scorpion.
 
      Hyena took

          the HARE.
 
      And they came and stood facing each other.
 
      The Hare started to hit its drum.
 
       Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon
      hidon. Fansai hidon hidon HIIT.
 
      It heard thus and came back. He said "Drummer speak. I have not heard
      yet."
 
      And it began again.

      Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon
      hidon. Fansai hidon hidon HIIT.
 
      It jumped and somersaulted.
 
      FRAITIM, FRAITIM, FRAITIM
                           FRAITIM   (general laughter)
 
      This "fraitim,"
         it was the mortar, it was the pants that it had attached at the
         waist. Now what it caused to jump now, when it hit, the mortar would
         turn over.
      Now it made the noise FRAITIM, FRAITIM, FRAITIM  (woman laughs)
 
      Now Lizard
         also had his drummer. He was the scorpion. He also began to
         hit his,
 
      "Bren ga gung gong, Bren, the first to throw down.
      Bren ga gung gong, Bren, the first to throw down.
      Bren ga gung gong, Bren, the first to throw down."
 
      Now it tightened its stomach as it danced the wrestler's dance.
        It tightened its stomach and threw and shook its tail a lot.
 
      Now, they prepared and they came out to face each other in the circle.
 
      Hyena backed way up so
         as to knock down the lizard just where it came out in the circle.
 
      It lifted to pass now by way of the head.
 
      The Lizard wound around with its tail so it lifted up carrying it well
      over the hip. It went and threw down there, T I M!
 
      And it said,              (laughter)
        "HU HE,
          you surprised me, you surprised me, you surprised
          me.
         Let's return. WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.
         Thus let's return, again, again."
 
      And they began again. He said, "Drummer, speak. Perhaps if you hit the
      drum sweetly, I'll be able to throw him down.

         He also is thrown.  What is it doing? The thing which you know lies
         on the ground. I am going to stamp and crush it from here to there.
 
      The skin of the elbow which he looks for.
 
      He will see how I am going to work on him."
 
      The drum started sounding again.
 
      Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon hidon. Fansai hidon hidon
      hidon. Fansai hidon hidon HIIT.

      And it somersaulted again,
      FRAITIM, FRAITIM, FRAITIM
 
              And it backed up.
 
      The Lizard was THERE. It never went any place. Right there.
 
      "Bren ga gung gong, Bren, the first to throw down. Bren ga gung gong,
      Bren, the first to throw down. Bren ga gung gong, Bren, the first to
      throw down."
 
      And they returned and faced each other.
        And it jumped
          to crush just as it had wanted to.
      The Lizard showed its side for a long time It raised up between the
      legs and it wound it around and again it lifted well up across its knee
      and again it threw down there, T I M!
 
      And it said, "HA, HA!
        Hare,
          this here I don't think I understand this." He said to him,
 
          "Ha, there have courage and we'll see what we'll do about it."
 
      Ha! Hyena, how he was very surprised. The fat he had eaten, but it
      would tire him.
 
      Now he said, "Backup way far back, and when I run thus just only the
      dust touches the Lizard
          and he'll fall."
 
      Ha.
        This backing up
            therefore was to have a means to run.
 
      Hare is there pleasing with the drum, with everything. He backed up.
      Again he called back, "Master Hare, is here far enough back?" He said,
      "No, not enough yet."
          He pushed further.
 
      "Master Hare, here far enough?" He said to him "enough, enough, come
      here quickly." He said,
         "No, here, I think. Wait, I'll backup further."
 
      He backed up. Now the people knew that we was passing out of there. He
      said, "Yes, you take what we've eaten. You two wrestle."
 
      Puuf!
 
      He Ran, he went, he went away
 
      The Lizard said to Hare, "You and I, we have nothing. You go. It's he I
      see.  I will follow and reach him there."
 
      And it went to look and find it. Thus, he went and arrived saying to
      Asekaren,
        "The debt you and I took, I'm very tired of it.
           But we'll fix up a way to get out of the house and go and we'll
           enter down a dried up well. That way, perhaps
 
              it will be better."
 
      And they went and climbed down.
 
      Now, hunger which we know now is not a thing we can console. And it
      caught them.
        "Asekaren," he said, "pound." She began pounding. He said,
      "don't be heard." How is a person going to pound with a pestle and
      never be heard?
 
      Thus it was heard. The Lizard followed to where it knew about inside.
      It was quiet and listened and heard whispers.
        It looked for stones.
      It threw them in.
 
      When the stone went to hit the head of the baby, BAW,
      it started to cry.
         "Asekaren, CALM IT, CALM IT, CALM IT, CALM IT It mustn't cry."
                      (laughter)
      Now Asekaren calmed it.
 
      It again went to throw where it heard the word of Hyena. When it knew,
      it threw there. The stone again hit the head of it.
           P A W.
            "M'm'm'm'm, old man, don't cry, don't cry, don't cry."
      Now, "don't cry" there, it again threw a bigger (stone) there. "Ha,
      ha", it said to Asekaren, " what to do?" She said to him, "Ha, you know
      it!"
 
      He said, "Forgive, let's wait and I'll come out and we'll go back
      and we'll wrestle. Inside here is too much for me. I said to hide, but
      you found me."
 
      It began To come up the foot holes. Near the mouth of the well the
      Lizard hit the hands, they broke. It fell back in, it died in there.
 
      My story, my story, PEKES.