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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 289In this 289th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Sicilian fairy tale “THE STORY OF BENSURDATU”.Long ago in far away Sicily, there was once a king and a queen who had three wonderfully beautiful daughters, and their one thought, from morning till night, was how they could make the girls happy.One day the princesses asked permission from the king to have a picnic in the country. The king agreed and gave orders that everything should be got ready. On the day the royal family stepped into a carriage and drove right away into the country. After a few miles they reached their favourite place for picnic lunches. The drive had made them very hungry, and they ate with a hearty appetite, till almost all the food had disappeared.When they had quite done, they said to their parents that they were going to explore the garden, and they ran off, laughing, down a green glade, which led to the garden. No sooner had they stepped across the fence, than a dark cloud came down and covered them, and prevented them seeing where they were going.Frightened at the sudden silence, their king, queen and royal staff searched every corner of the garden, the house, and the neighbouring wood, but no trace of the girls was to be found anywhere. The earth seemed to have swallowed them up. The poor parents were in despair and the queen wept all the way home, and for many days after. The king issued a proclamation that whoever should bring back his lost daughters should have one of them to wife, and should, after his death, reign in his stead.First two young and upcoming army officers went in search of the girls and they too never returned and many months went by with no word. Now there was living in the palace a faithful servant of the king's called Bensurdatu, who had served him for many years, and when Bensurdatu saw how grieved the king was, he lifted up his voice and said to him:'Your majesty, let me go and seek your daughters.'At first the king refused but seeing no alternative, relented. This story recounts the adventures, triumphs and betrayal that Bensurdatu experienced on his search for the princesses.Did Bensurdatu rescue the princesses and rule the kingdom after the king’s death? What did he have to do to rescue the princesses? Was there an evil force at work in the kingdom? And what of the two officers? Well, you’ll just have to download and read this story for yourself to find the answers to your questions.Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps.33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.INCLUDES LINKS TO DOWNLOAD 8 FREE STORIES
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A Sicilian Fairy Tale
Baba Indaba Children’s Stories
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THE STORY OF BENSURDATU
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Baba Indaba Children’s Stories
Baba Indaba, pronounced Baaba Indaaba, lived in Africa a long-long time ago. Indeed, this story was first told by Baba Indaba to the British settlers over 250 years ago in a place on the South East Coast of Africa called Zululand, which is now in a country now called South Africa.
In turn the British settlers wrote these stories down and they were brought back to England on sailing ships. From England they were in turn spread to all corners of the old British Empire, and then to the world.
In olden times the Zulu’s did not have computers, or iPhones, or paper, or even pens and pencils. So, someone was assigned to be the Wenxoxi Indaba (Wensosi Indaaba) – the Storyteller. It was his, or her, job to memorise all the tribe’s history, stories and folklore, which had been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. So, from the time he was a young boy, Baba Indaba had been apprenticed to the tribe’s Wenxoxi Indaba to learn the stories. Every day the Wenxoxi Indaba would narrate the stories and Baba Indaba would have to recite the story back to the Wenxoxi Indaba, word for word. In this manner he learned the stories of the Zulu nation.
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