Luanda Magere

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Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by mamadrama.

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Remember way back in elementary school when you had to do a report on James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and you told the class all about how he was shot after only four months in office? You also remember that he recovered after a week, but doctor’s continued to probe at the healed wound causing complications and resulting in his death almost three months later? Okay, we all knew that about Garfield, but you also remember that James Garfield could write with both hands at one time and in different languages.!!! Why do you remember that? Maybe for you it wasn’t James Garfield, but somewhere in your past education, you picked-up some little bit of useless information that you’ve never forgotten. What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?

I am going to deviate just a little because I went to an elementary school (we called it primary school) some 16000 miles away and they loved to narrate legends and myths to us.    We sat down with big eyes and wide open ears and took in every word.  This was one of my favorite legends more because it was from my tribe (Luo) and it sounded so much like the story of Samson and Delilah.

“Legend here has it that Luanda Magere was an invincible Luo warrior who led his people in tribal scuffles against their Nandi neighbours. The Nandi decided to send a beautiful girl to Luanda Magere’s neighbourhood. He fell for her and married her. His first wife saw this as the enemy’s plot to spy on her husband’s invincibility and military prowess but Luanda Magere dismissed her accusing her of petty jealousy.

One day he fell ill and summoned the Nandi wife to treat him by making little cuts on his body with a blade and rubbing herbs into the bleeding cuts. She did this but there was neither a cut nor blood. Luanda Magere then instructed her to make the cuts on the shadow. As she did this, cuts formed on his body and blood came out. With the secret out, the wife ran back to her people and told them Luanda Magere’s secret .

Word got out and fearing for his life, Luanda Magere decided to command his army from the base. But one time, he decided to go to the war front. He killed many and repulsed the enemy but one sly Nandi warrior hid in the rocks. Later, as Luanda Magere walked back home victorious, the warrior emerged from his hideout and speared his shadow aiming at the heart. He instantly turned into a rock with blood gushing out from the heart. To date, it is believed that one of the rocks with a discernible head, shoulder and water running from the place where he was speared is Luanda Magere’s body.”

I did copy this from here since it narrated closest to what I remember from school.  You can deduce your own moral of the story.

Please visit mamadrama for funny trivial facts that people still remember.  Have a fun Monday.

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11 thoughts on “Luanda Magere

  1. I love stories and tales and this is a good one. I learn more from stories like this than from facts and dates. Too bad they don’t teach like that here – I think the kids would remember a lot more.

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  2. That is a terrifice memory. Sounds like school was a lot more fun where you were. I’m going to try to remember this one too.
    Thanks for playing this week!

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