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 [46. Why Tumble-bug Rolls in the Dung.]


46. Why Tumble-bug Rolls in the Dung.

In Seidel's story of the "Miracle of the Sidi" (Geschichten und Lieder der Afrikaner, 105), the devil dares the Sidi to marry a slave to a princess. The father of the princess has set to her wooers the supposedly impossible task of filling a bag with hyacinths out

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of hyacinth season. The Sidi fills the bag with stones and bids the slave empty it out before the king, when the stones are by miracle turned into hyacinths.

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