PART 1

Once in the country of Akim,in the hills far back from the coast,there was a man named Younde.He was a simple man who had never been far from home,and he spent his time at farming and hunting like the other people of the village.He had often heard about the big town of Accra by the ocean,and all the wonderful things to be found there,but he had never seen it.He had never been farther from his village than the river.

But one day Younde had to go to Accra.He put on his best clothes,and took his knife and put it in his belt.He wrapped some food in a cloth and put it on his head and started out.He walked for many days,and the road was hot and dusty.After a while he was out of his own country,and people didn't speak Akim,which was his language,anymore.He came closer and closer to Accra.There were many people and donkeys on the way,all going to town or coming back from town,more peole than he had ever seen on the road before.Then he saw a great herd of cows grazing by the edge of the road.He had never seen so many cows in his life.He stopped and looked at them in wonder.He saw a little boy herding the cows,and he went up to him and said,"Who is the owner of all these cattle?" But the boy didn't understand Younde,because Younde spoke Akim,while in Accre they spoke Ga language,and he replied "Minu" which meant "I don't understand."

"Minu!" What a rich man he must be to own so many cows! Younde said.He continued on his way into the town.He was very impressed with everything he saw.He came to a large building and stopped to look at it.It was made of stone,and it was very high.He shook his head.There was nothing like this back in the hills.When a woman came by on her way to market,Younde spoke to her. "What a tremendous house!" he said."What rich person can own sucha building?" But the woman didn't know what Younde was saying,because he talked Akim and she knew only Ga,so she replied to him,"Minu."

"Minu! That man again!" Younde was overcome.No one back in Akim had ever been so wealthy as Minu.As he went farther and farther into the town he kept seeing more wonders.He came to the market.It covered a space larger than all the houses in Younde's village.He walked through the center of it,and he saw the women selling things that were rare in his village,like iron pots and iron spoons. "Where do all these things come from?" Younde asked a little girl.She smiled at him."Minu" she replied.Younde was silent.Everything was Minu.Minu everywhere..
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BEFORE YOU READ Part 2

Younde thinks that Minu is a very rich man.However,Minu is not the name of a man.Minu is a word that means "I don't understand." Do you think that Younde will learn the real meaning of Minu? See if you are right.
PART 2

The crowd was very great.People pushed and shoved,for it was the big market day and everyone within walking distance had come to sell or buy.Younde had never seen so many people in one place.The stories he heard about Accra hadn't done it justice.He stopped an old man with a drum under his arm and said,"So many people,all at one time!" What makes so many people all come to Accra?"

"Minu,"the old man said.

Younde was overwhelmed.What influence that Minu had!People came to Accra in great crowds just because of him.How ignorant folks back in the village were of this great person. He went out of the market down to the ocean's edge.Lying in the water were many little fishing boats with sails,the first Younde had ever seen. "Wah! To whom do al those boasts belong?" he asked a fisherman standing on the beach."Minu" the fisherman replied. Younde walked away and came to where a large iron cargo ship was being loaded with palm oil and fruit.Smoke came out of its stacks in huge black clouds,and hundreds of men swarmed over its decks.

"Hah!" Younde said in great excitement to a man carrying a stalk of bananas on his head."This must be the largest boat in the world!"

"Minu" the man said, "Yes,I know.That much I guessed," Younde said."But where is all fruit going?" "Minu" the man said,and went up onto the deck of the ship.Younde was overcome.Miny was indeed a great man.He owned eveything.He ate everything.You couldn't ask a question but people would answer "Minu." Minu here,there,everywhere.

"I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it" Younde said. "They ought to call Accra 'Minu's Town'.How wonderful it would be have Minu's great wealth!"

Younde then transacted his business in Accra,and again he wrapped food in his cloth and set it on his head and started out for home.When he came to the edge of the town,he saw a great procession and heard the beating of drums.He came close and saw it was a funeral.Men were carrying a coffin and women were crying out in mourning.It was the most impressive funeral Younde had ever seen.He pushed his way into the crowd and looked.And to one of the mourners he said, "Who is this person who has died?" And the mourner replied sadly,"Minu." "What! The great Minu is dead?" Younde said,"The man who owned the cattle and the tall house,the sailing boats and the iron steamship? The man whose reputation has crowded the market place beyond belief? Oh,poor Minu! He had to leave all his wealth behind.He has died just like an ordinary person!"

Younde continued his way out of the city,but he couldn't get the tragedy of Minu from his mind. "Poor Minu!" he said over and over again."Poor Minu!"
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Dj BuenoPART 2

The crowd was very great.People pushed and shoved,for it was the big market day and everyone within walking distance had come to sell or buy.Younde had never seen so many people in one place.The stories he heard about Accra hadn't done it justice.He stopped an old man with a drum under his arm and said,"So many people,all at one time!" What makes so many people all come to Accra?"

"Minu,"the old man said.

Younde was overwhelmed.What influence that Minu had!People came to Accra in great crowds just because of him.How ignorant folks back in the village were of this great person. He went out of the market down to the ocean's edge.Lying in the water were many little fishing boats with sails,the first Younde had ever seen. "Wah! To whom do al those boasts belong?" he asked a fisherman standing on the beach."Minu" the fisherman replied. Younde walked away and came to where a large iron cargo ship was being loaded with palm oil and fruit.Smoke came out of its stacks in huge black clouds,and hundreds of men swarmed over its decks.

"Hah!" Younde said in great excitement to a man carrying a stalk of bananas on his head."This must be the largest boat in the world!"

"Minu" the man said, "Yes,I know.That much I guessed," Younde said."But where is all fruit going?" "Minu" the man said,and went up onto the deck of the ship.Younde was overcome.Miny was indeed a great man.He owned eveything.He ate everything.You couldn't ask a question but people would answer "Minu." Minu here,there,everywhere.

"I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it" Younde said. "They ought to call Accra 'Minu's Town'.How wonderful it would be have Minu's great wealth!"

Younde then transacted his business in Accra,and again he wrapped food in his cloth and set it on his head and started out for home.When he came to the edge of the town,he saw a great procession and heard the beating of drums.He came close and saw it was a funeral.Men were carrying a coffin and women were crying out in mourning.It was the most impressive funeral Younde had ever seen.He pushed his way into the crowd and looked.And to one of the mourners he said, "Who is this person who has died?" And the mourner replied sadly,"Minu." "What! The great Minu is dead?" Younde said,"The man who owned the cattle and the tall house,the sailing boats and the iron steamship? The man whose reputation has crowded the market place beyond belief? Oh,poor Minu! He had to leave all his wealth behind.He has died just like an ordinary person!"

Younde continued his way out of the city,but he couldn't get the tragedy of Minu from his mind. "Poor Minu!" he said over and over again."Poor Minu!"


Yes very realistic story. We all have to go back to our source all empty handed.
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the "Best the Loved Folktales of the World" by Joanna Cole

isn't this copyrighted?
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what is the theme?
Anonymous I don't think so.
Pretty sure an almost direct telling from Harold Courlander's THE COWTAIL SWITCH
I think that at the end of the story, he probably will not know that Minu is the word that mean I do not understand.
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