An entry in The Crocodile Prize
Buk bilong Pikinini
Award for Writing for Children
A long time ago lived an old couple in a village near the foot of Mt Wilhelm called Womatne. The man‘s name was Yaundo and his wife was called Pinde.
They lived together for many years but they did not have any children. They thought of having one but they could not.
Yaundo was the angry man in his village. When the village people gossiped about him and his wife, he fought them.
Everybody in the village hated him and his wife. The people did not allow them to take part in any of the village activities.
Then one night the couple was planning to go for hunting in the forest of Mt Wilhelm.
The next morning Yaundo got up early and prepared his hunting gears while Pinde prepared the food they would eat in the jungle.
At 6:30 the next morning they started their long journey.
Around evening they reached their destination.
It was getting dark and they were very tired from their long journey. They looked for a place to rest.
Yaundo spotted a cave on the other side of the mountain. They head towards the cave.
When they reached the cave, they were very scared to enter it. They heard stories from their forefathers that there was a cave in that bush. Anyone who entered the cave, he or she never returned back to their village.
But it was dark and there was no place to rest so they entered the cave. As soon as they entered it, they were gone.
Soon later like waking up from a dream, they met a woman and her baby who were living in the cave. The woman was a witch and she lived in the cave for hundreds of years.
Once any man entered the place, she had sex with him then killed and ate the flesh.
As soon as the couple entered the cave, she was very kind and greeted them politely.
She added more woods to the fire in order to give them more light and warmth.
Then the witch said: “If you bring any food, you may cook and eat them. Then you can rest on the side of the fire”.
The witch and her baby slept on the other side of the fire.
The couple cooked their food, ate them and slept where they were told to sleep.
Early in the morning, the witch woke up and said to Yaundo and Pinde: “I will go to my garden and dig some kaukau and come back. You look after my baby” and she went away.
After the witch had gone, Yaundo wanted to kill the witch’s child. But Pinde disagree.
Yaundo went ahead and killed the baby. He left the dead body near the fire place and he ran away.
Pinde was very sorry for the little baby and was crying but then she was scared of the witch.
She knew the witch would return at any moment so she ran away. She escaped through a different track. Her husband followed the same track that they came.
When the witch returned, she found her baby lying dead near the fire place. She was very angry and started looking for the couple everywhere in the forest and couldn’t find them.
She went back to the cave and cried and cried until her tears started flowing like a river.
The tears from her right eye followed Yaundo and her left eye followed Pinde.
The river of tears reached the couple where each of them was hiding and swallowed them.
The one that covered Yaundo, is now called “Lake Yaundo” and the one that covered his wife is now called “Lake Pinde”.
The two lakes are at the foot of Mount Wilhelm and they are popularly known as the Male Lake (Yaundo) and Female Lake (Pinde). You will see them on the way when you claim to the peak of Mt Wilhelm in the Simbu Province.