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Photo Gallery and a short Overview of Kapelo’s Quest (Page 2)

              

            2.4                        2.5                      2.6                         2.7                         2.8                            2.9

When Kapelo taunts the little bird in return, he hears someone mocking him for talking to himself. Kapelo meets the identical twins, Masilo and Mashiwane. Why were they named after the mythical twins? [Chapter 2]. They sit down in the shade of a sycamore fig at a river’s edge (2.4). During their conversation, Masilo mentions Arabs, who trade far away from home and who Masilo says introduced the glass beads (2.5), which most females greatly value now in this part of the world. When Kapelo reveals WHAT his quest is (2.6), Masilo asks why not visit the moon-country at the same time? He starts to relate that the moon has two wives, of which one is a poor cook, who starves her moon-husband (2.7), whilst the other feeds him well when he’s with her (2.8).

The three boys decide to join forces and discuss if they should reveal what Kapelo’s quest entails, once they possibly meet other people along the way. Kapelo suggests they should simply say they are seeking their fortunes. Hearing that, Masilo fantasises what a fortune represents to most African men – a large herd of cattle (2.9), some of which he unfortunately will have to hand over as lobola (the bride-wealth), once he is old enough to take a wife or two.

 

                 

           3.1                         3.2                      3.3                    3.4                      3.5                     3.6                           3.7

The three travel companions meet Ayanda, an outcast, who also joins them [Chapter 3]. Together they march for most of the day alongside a river (3.1). Ayanda successfully spears a fish (3.2), whilst Masilo cringes in pain. He says he’s in need of an ngaka (doctor). Did someone bewitch Masilo? Kapelo ponders if a traditional remedy might heal Masilo. Amongst other plants, Kapelo mentions wild dagga (3.3) and milkweed (3.4) to cure stomach pain, and baobab leaves (3.5) from which an infusion is known to treat symptoms like fever. Ayanda and Kapelo leave with the hope that they will find what can be used as muti (medicine). Ayanda detects a milkweed plant, whilst Kapelo picks the leaves from the tips of a bush-willow (3.6).

Apart from contributing to their food supply by spearing a fish earlier on, Ayanda’s snare also produces a catch – a young impala antelope (3.7)                                                                                                                                           NEXT PAGE - 3