Nephew Cont.

To my left is my married nephew. He has five children. He younger brother has four kids! My uncle was cracking¬† funny jokes and I had to ask him a question on the history of our family! I asked him “Uncle, why are you not dying? You probably took some local medicine to live so long without having to die” He categorically denied that allegation. It is for us traditionally a taboo to ask such a silly question. He can only put up with that because he is old and I seem to be modern to him. Otherwise he would hold me with contempt and refuse to answer any further silly questions from me! Teasing him about death makes him come live again! His name can be lengthened traditionally to ” Uhufwa si mwiho, umganga munofu” Translated “dying is not a taboo because the soil (dirt, where people are buried) is good”

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