The Calabash Children

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A story from the Chagga people, Tanzania, which reminds us to count our blessing. In a tragic accident, a hunter is trampled to death by an elephant, leaving a childless, grieving widow. She appeals to the Mountain Spirit to grant her children, her prayers are answered. During the night gaily painted calabashes transform into children! They do all her work and just before dawn turn back into calabashes. She wants the children with her permanently, the Spirit agrees but warns her to treat the children with kindness and love.


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