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Part 6: On consideration, kindness, and thoughtfulness
“Má bàá mi jẹ ìdùn,” ẹran ní ńlé lọ.
“Má fẹ̀ẹ́ ọwọ́-ọ̀ mi kù” tí ńyan gúgúrú fún eégún; eégún náàá ní “Má fẹ̀ẹ́ ọwọ́-ọ̀ mi kù”; ó fún un ní ọmọláńgidi.
M̀bá-lówó-m̀bá-se-ọ̀lẹ̀lẹ̀-fún-Agọ́n: ìjímèrè kì í jẹ oko ẹ̀ kó sọ̀.
“Mú wá, mú wá” lapá ẹyẹlé ńké.
7. The reference is to a hunter who would rather scare away game he cannot kill than give another hunter the opportunity of killing it. [Back to text]
8. Masqueraders supposed to be the embodiment of ancestors are credited with the power to grant boons, including children, to supplicants. A person who makes lame excuses while offering inadequate gifts to the masquerader will hear lame excuses and receive worthless boons from the masquerader. [Back to text]
9. The egúngún (masqueraders) are believed to favor ọ̀lẹ̀lẹ̀, seasoned and steamed ground beans. Agọ́n is the masquerader charged with executing witches. [Back to text]
10. The sound the bird's wings make when in flight is supposed to sound like “Mú wá, mú wá!” [Back to text]