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08 February 2014


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Poke and Bina, thanks for the heads up.

See that's the beauty of a fantasy plot, facts are really not necessary in this genre. You can bend the rules and have fun with the story.


In most Eastern Highlands language groups with stories of this legendary one legged being, it is depicted as a trickster, liar and thief. Never a bestower of riches or gifts. Your story is an exception.

Good story but some facts are wrong. You could improve it in a number of ways. I make three suggestions and a fourth statement about Nokondi.

1. Sweet carrots, cabbage and cauliflowers are recent recet introductions and never featured in times before. Sekaves, palapala and lavosi would be ideal vegetables to list.

2. South of Masi you'd find big coffee plots and none past Masi to Gahavisuka.

3. Sir Danny came and the coffee came. Sir Danny had his trade stores at every conceivable location in the Eastern Highlands and the biggest gardens were grown by white settlers. The Akunai coffee plot at Okiufa, I believe, was the biggest local garden back then. In my village, the biggest garden had 200 trees.

3. If the story is meant to say that a white man was the albino Megusa (and the people believed so) the story could be improved to show the good settlers were a crony of our Nokondi to go those big plantations and they were wealthy. (anything is possible with imagination),.

4. My Nokotisa could spring on his one leg and nobody caught one. It is the 'ganini' mojo of my neigbouring village.
My grand-aunt lived long. She still had all her teeth intact, none broke off or had holes in them, when she died.

When we asked why she had a good set of teeth, her reply was, "Nokotisalimo ase lamo nokuve", I ate Nokondi's excreta.

Wow, enjoyed this read. I remembered a song from Nokondi Nama called, Megusa. Thanks JP!

This is demonic?

Oh, Julie, you are being a fool.

Wonderful story and well told. I hope the children of the Eastern Highlands are able to read it.

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