Snake and the Young Man


Snake vs Man

African Folktale of Snake and the Young Man


The Snake and the Young Man


The Nature of Things

Long, long, ago somewhere in Africa… When all the people and animals were new… A certain young man from a distance saw half a snake and a large rock appearing to be on top of it.

Upon cautious closer inspection, he realized the rock must have fallen on the snake from the pinnacle above, pinning it to the ground. Not meaning to be cruel and wanting to see if the snake was dead or alive, he curiously pulled the snake by the tail. The tail jerked back and a muffled cry was heard from under the large rock.

Considering the snake to be alive, the young man proceeded to carefully roll the rock from off the poor creature’s head. As the snake’s head was freed, it immediately tried to bite him.

This time Snake’s smile grew even bigger. Having found Hyena, the young man explained what had happened between him and Snake. Well Hyena may not be so very wise. But he knew a good thing when he saw one, knowing that after Snake had bitten the young man, he could eat him too.

“Hello all, why so glum?”

Snake started to speak but Jackal preferred to ask the young man his version instead. So the young man told Jackal the story, after asking Snake’s permission to address him. Jackal laughed, remarking that it could not be so and proceeded to walk on again. Snake butted in, insisting to Jackal it was indeed so, just as the young man had told him.


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 Posted by on March 22, 2015