He Combats Beast and Man

     When he got there, again he stopped at the entry gate. He dug into the dry earth and buried himself up to the armpits. People were coming out from and going into the village, carrying bundles. With his spear he would pierce their jugs, or their rice, or their firewood; everything fell into the ditch. Living beings he did not stab. People then went to Great-King-Maker and Beautiful-Rich and said, "Ibonia has come to the entry gate. He is playing with the people. He stabs all their bundles going out or in with his spear, so that they all fall into the ditch." (86)

     When he heard that, Great-King-Maker said to Beautiful-Rich, "That son of yours, Beautiful-Rich! If I am the one to go out there, I will kill that son of yours." But Beautiful-Rich said, "Now really, Great-King-Maker, he was not born from me alone. He was born of both of us. If you [can] kill him, it is no tragedy." (87)

     Great-King-Maker went out and said, "Come together, O people of Resist-Long." And the people assembled. Great-King-Maker ordered them to gather stones and pelt Ibonia. But they could not get anywhere near Ibonia. When they did, he would stab them with his spear. The people threw stones at him but did not hit him, though they threw as much as four measures of stones. (It is said that from that came the worship of heaps of stones.) (88) Then the people and Great-King-Maker went back in without hitting Ibonia with their stones.

     Beautiful-Rich then came imposingly out into the public square and went up to the entry gate, acting haughty and proud. She said, "What is all this, Ibonia? (89)
     Are you wicked? Are you cowardly?
     Do you act like Blunderer's bull? --
          shout at him, he does not roar,
          prod him, he does not fight,
          butcher him, his meat is not tender?
     Or like a cow whose milk is unfit to drink?
               What to do?
     We are as uncertain as with fighting rams:
          shout at them, they do not pull,
          leave them alone, they break their heads.
     I will not have it. You are Benumbed-in-Irons.
     If you are Ibonia the Strong,
          isn't there a big crocodile there to the north,
               killing off cattle and the people passing by?
     If Ibonia is really a man, go there and fight it."
     Then Ibonia came out of the earth, saying,
     "I am made by power.
               With you I am gentle, but with others I am hard.
          Yes, I am the claws of the kite,
               the feet of the eagle,
               when not offered, I take,
               when offered, I seize instantly.
          What I fix in place does not come free."
     Then he called Like-to-See, Handsome-Lad-Does-No-Work, Goes-Seldom-to-the-Fields, and Likes-Rice-Water, saying, "Braid me a rope. I will fight that crocodile to the north." He went to the water's edge, tied the rope under his arms, and declared,
     "If you see blood upstream,
          pull me out, because I have been killed by the crocodile;
     if you see blood downstream,
          then pull, because I have killed the crocodile."
     Then he dived into the water and the crocodile snatched him. They fought there about three rice-cooking-times. (90) Then he killed the crocodile. (91) They saw the blood downstream. The four men were glad. They quickly pulled the rope to give the signal. Then they pulled Ibonia out, as well as the crocodile. The four of them said,
          "Powerful is our great father,
               powerful is our great father.
          Ibonia is a thunderbolt,
               our lord is a meteor,
          he is not a human being."
The villagers were glad that the crocodile was dead. It had been devouring everything that passed by.

     Then Ibonia and his slaves returned and again placed themselves at the entry gate. They played with the villagers as before, stabbing people's bundles just as before. Then Great-King-Maker said to Beautiful-Rich, "That baby of yours, Beautiful-Rich! If I am the one who goes, I will kill that baby." And Beautiful-Rich answered as she did before. (92) So Great-King-Maker called for spears and ordered them to be thrown at Ibonia. But again they could not hit him, because he turned the spears away with his magic wand; he was not touched. When they had done that, Great-King-Maker and the rest came wearily back.

     Then Beautiful-Rich came out again and acted the same as before, saying, "Truly, Ibonia, you are either wicked or cowardly. If you are really strong, then go and fight Savage Bull. (93) He is a really strong animal. Go out and fight him, if you are so strong."
          Ibonia said, "I am made by power.
                    With you I am gentle, but with others I am hard.
          As for Savage Bull,
               under his hoofs I will not be trampled,
               under his thighs I will not be kicked,
               on his lower jaw I will not be chewed,
               even on the point of his horns I,
               I will not be gored.
          Firstborn am I upon the earth."
Then he came out, called his four slaves, and set out for the place where Savage Bull was. When they reached there, he ordered the slaves to call Savage Bull. They said, "How do we call him?" Ibonia said, "Call like this:
               Aay, Savage Bull!
               Aay, Savage Bull!
               Get over here!
               The one to fight you has come!"
     The slaves called him like that. When Savage-Bull heard the call, he came near. His breath raised whirlwinds as he looked round to fight Ibonia. When he came to where Ibonia was, Ibonia touched his forehead with the wand; he did not horn him. Then he bit Ibonia, but he did not bite down. He had to swallow him whole. Ibonia came out at his tail end. Then Savage Bull trampled him, but did not make mud of him. (94) Again he swallowed Ibonia, who tore out Savage Bull's vital organs, and he died. Then Ibonia took his horns back to Long-Standing.

     Ibonia again placed himself at the entry gate, and he stabbed the bundles as he had done before. The people again told Great-King-Maker about it; he sent out Beautiful-Rich as before, and she too did just as she had done. Then Great-King-Maker called for guns and had them fired at Ibonia, but the bullets did not hit him.

     Beautiful-Rich came out then and said, "If you are so strong, Ibonia, go out to BigChameleon,
          who butchers what is not to eat,
     who chops up what is not to cook."
               Ibonia said,
     "I am made by power,
          I am Enough-to-Fill-the-Earth.
     Whistling teal on the water I am.
          Set afire, I will not burn,
          burned, I will not burn up.
     A nettle on high ground I am,
          killed, I do not die,
          burned, I will not burn up.
     I am cursed to death, but I am only beginning a long life.
               What I fix in place does not move."
     He led his four servants to where Big Chameleon was. They found him catching wild cattle. He said to his servant Like-to-See, "Call out, Like-to-See, and say, Who is this who is hunting Ibonia's cattle?" Like-to-See repeated Ibonia's words in a loud voice. When Big-Chameleon heard that, he turned to his friends, saying, "Be quiet." Ibonia said again, "Call out again. He is listening." Then Like-to-See shouted again, "Do not hunt the cattle of Ibonia, I say!"

     Big Chameleon answered, "The cattle of Good Alone (95) have no owner. The strongest man is their owner."
     Ibonia called back, "Good Alone is not the owner; Ibonia is. But what does Big Chameleon want of me, that he comes quarreling?"
     Big Chameleon said, "No. Ibonia is not the owner; Good Alone is. But if Ibonia wants to fight with me, let him come out and fight.
     Maybe Ibonia does not know Big Chameleon,
          who butchers what can't be eaten,
               and chops up what can't be cooked."
                    Ibonia answered,
     "I am Enough-to-Fill-the-Earth.
          A whistling teal on the water am I:
               set afire, I will not burn,
               burned, I will not burn up.
                    What I fix in place does not move."
     The two men then shot, but did not wound each other; only their clothes were torn. Then they fought with spears, but did not wound each other. Then they arm-wrestled, and pounded the earth with each other. When Big Chameleon struck Ibonia, he pushed him in up to his knees. Ibonia arose and struck Big Chameleon, who went in up to his armpits. Then Big Chameleon said, "All right, Ibonia. Count me among your servants." So he was beaten. (96)

     Then Ibonia again placed himself at the entry gate and stabbed the bundles as he had done before. The people again told Great-King-Maker and Beautiful-Rich about it, as they had done before. And Great-King-Maker said to Beaut iful-Rich, "That baby of yours, Beautiful-Rich! He has not changed. But if I go outh there, well, I've waited till now, but this time I will kill him." Beautiful-Rich said, "Do as you must, Great-King-Maker. If now he is killed by you his father, it is no tragedy. He is a crocodile baby, swallowed by its mother, devoured by the belly that carried him."

     Then Great-King-Maker went out and called the people of Long-Standing. When the people had assembled, he said, "Fire the cannon at him." The people fired the cannon, but did not hit him. When the smoke of the cannon cleared away, they saw Ibonia -- not dead, not wounded, but living, living. (97) After that the gunners got tired, and with Great-King-Maker they went back.

     Then Beautiful-Rich again came imposingly out into the publiic square and went up to the entry gate, acting haughty and proud. She said,
          "Ibonia, you are wicked, you are cowardly.
               You act like Blunderer's bull:
                    shout at him, he does not roar,
                         prod him, he does not fight,
                         butcher him, his meat is not tender.
     "Ibonia, if you are so strong, go to where Princess Like-a-Man is. He is a strong one." Ibonia said,
     "I am made by power.
     With you I am gentle, but with others I am hard."
     And then he went to where Princess Like-a-Man was. Again he took his four slaves with him, and five bulls and some provisions. When they reached the village of Princess Like-a-Man, no one was there. When they saw no one there and an empty village, Ibonia said to his servants, "Where are these people gone, men? All the furnishings of the houses are still here, but the people aren't." Then he said to one of his servants, "Stay here, my man, and kill an ox and have it ready when we come back. We'll go find out where the villagers have gone."

     As the slave was cooking and roasting, the meat gave off an odor of charring. Then a large animal came out of the water into the village. It meant to eat the one save left there and the meal he had prepared. It was this animal that had eaten the people of the village and every living thing it found. (98) But Ibonia was far away, and when the slave saw the animal, he fled. The animal was the size of a mountain. The slave peeped through a hole at the animal, and there he was, eating the meat. He was frightened and wondered what he would say to Ibonia. He said to himself, "If I tell Ibonia about this, he will fight and kill the animal. But if I do not tell him, then he will not leave me alone until I tell him about the meat disappearing. It's all right if I do not tell him. He will do what he will do."

     When Ibonia came, he said, "Bring on the food." And the slave said, "I left it. I had to run after the cattle. I did not see who ate it." Ibonia was angry and said, "Now I see what my father told me: They cannot take care of you, Ibonia; take more people with you."

     Next day he left another slave there. He again ordered him to kill an ox, but that animal ate it up as he did before. He had all four men take turns; then only one ox was left. Ibonia said, "Go you and look for those people. I will be the one to stay." The servants left, but they did not go far. They just peeped through, saying, "It will be a disaster for us if the son dies. That animal is the one that has eaten the people of this place."

     Ibonia killed the ox, cooked some of it on the fire, and roasted the rest. When the animal smelled the meat cooking, it came up and said, "Bring out the cooked and cook the raw. I am here, the one it was made for." Ibonia was startled, looked behind him, and jumped when he saw the animal. Then he said to his talismans,
          "What to do, O Resolute One, O Enough-to-Fill-the-Earth, O Completely Raw?
          If I go forward, I will be conquered by this creature.
          If I go back, I will be disgraced before my father."
     The talismans shook. He put the skewer on the fire. The animal was somewhat afraid and said, "Draw back! I have swallowed thousands upon thousands of people and thousands upon thousands of cattle in one gulp, and you, one person alone, are blocking me?" Ibonia went on heating the skewer. When the animal was about to swallow him, he threw the iron into its mouth. The animal roared, the iron made a great noise in its mouth, and as it would not come out, the animal died. Then Ibonia unstitched its belly, and there were all the people and other living things the animal had swallowed.More Info They were all still alive, not dead, but every one of them was thin; they were all thin. And Ibonia brought all those people and living things back to life, and they were all alive. (99)

     Then Princess Like-a-Man and his people said, "We were dead and now are living. Ibonia, from now on we are your children, and we obey you. From now on, you are lord and ruler of this land." But Ibonia refused, saying, "Be your own lord and ruler. I must still rescue Joy-Giving Girl. But I tell you this, go to another place. That monster may have friends." And the people did go to another place.

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