Victory: "Dead, I Do not Leave You on Earth; Living, I Give You to No Man"

     When night came, Old Man went to his sleeping house, but Stone Man did not go to sleep there, because that was his day for a different wife. When the people in that house were fast asleep, Ibonia lit the fire, and took off the skin of Old Man, which he had been wearing. Joy-Giving Girl started up, looked around the house, saw Ibonia, and exclaimed, "Eeeee! Who are you? Why are you murdering yourself? -- for you will surely die here, you will not live. Stone Man is a disaster man, a calamity man, a thorny man." Ibonia answered,
               "I am Ibonia, the baneful bridegroom.
                    I became betrothed when just conceived,
                    I was married as a baby.
               If Joy-Giving Girl dies,
                    I will not leave her in the earth,
               if she lives,
                    I give her to no man."
     And Joy-Giving Girl said, "Yes, Ibonia, that is true. But if tomorrow is a black day, it will be the end of both our lives." Then Ibonia played the valiha. (122) The village people heard him, and in the morning they said, "That's someone else, someone else; that's not Old Man."
     Then Stone Man, angry, tried to open the house but could not. He set fire to the house but it would not burn. He cut at the corners of the house, but his ax was no use and only got nicked. He dug the ground, but his spade was no use and broke.
     Then he called from outside the house: "How will you steal a wife here in Many Palms if you stay in the house and do not come out to fight?" Ibonia, inside the house, answered, "That Stone Man,
     he is big but he is cream,
               he is fat but he is milk.
          He will not resist Ibonia's blows.
               I the stranger rule over the road,
          Stone Man the owner withdraws.
               I, Ibonia, the stranger,
                         am the one to sleep in this bed,
     Stone Man, the owner, is the one to sleep on the ground."
Stone Man answered back:
     "Ibonia has hands like a woman's,
     but I gird myself like Big-with-Many-Amulets,
          and I control the secrets of the day.
     I am stronger than those who went before,
          but Ibonia is a baby --
               he cannot resist my iron blows."
                              Ibonia answered,
     "As I go up a hillside,
               I get stronger and stronger,
          as I come down the other side,
               I do not limp.
     Where I walk turns into mud,
          What I hit does not get away.
     I am no banana-tree with a cluster on its top,
          I am no sugarcane with big young leaves,
     I am not rainwater that lasts all night,
          I am not mist covering the earth,
     I am no devouring crocodile lying at the ford,
          I am no crocodile to bite those in the water.
     I am descended from the great,
          a child of those yet to be great and the great of old.
     I stand up and the sky breaks,
     I stoop and the earth breaks,
     I lean over and the eastern forest burns,
     I kick the land of Many Palms, it dissolves in mud,
     I surpass all others at shooting. (123)
Stone Man, outside the house, said,
     "I am one not stopped by a thousand pirogues.
          Those who ford, I chew up their loins,
               those who cross, I kill by thousands.
     Why then does Ibonia stay in the house and not come out to fight?"
     Then Ibonia had Joy-Giving Girl dress in all her finery inside the house, before he would go out. When she finished adorning herself, they came out. Ibonia said,
     "When I swallow, there is much blood,
               when I butcher, there is much tripe.
     Cattle I drive can go a long way;
          what Stone Man drives, not a long way.
     The living belong to Ibonia,
          the dead to Stone Man."
To Joy-Giving Girl he said, "You stand at the window, and I will stand at the door." Joy-Giving Girl said, "If I do not come out with you, I am dead." And Ibonia said, "As long as I am not dead, you are not dead."
     Joy-Giving Girl then went to the window, and Ibonia then went to the door. They opened both together. Stone Man rushed upon Joy-Giving Girl and threw his spear, but it turned aside and stuck in the ground. (124) Ibonia said, "How will Stone Man be reputed a grown man when he fights with women? I am a man like him. Come out into the open space for this." Then the two men went to the compound.
     At first, they shot guns and they threw spears; no one died. Next they pounded each other on the dry ground. Ibonia was hit by Stone Man and went into the earth up to his knees. But he got himself out, and he in turn hit Stone Man, who sank in up to his thighs. Then Stone Man got himself out again, and he hit Ibonia, who went in up to his armpits. "Aaay," said Ibonia to his talimans, "Completely Raw, Single Trunk, Leafless Red! Why did you not shame me in Long-Standing, not confound me then, if you were going to let me fall here on the battlefield?" Then Ibonia hit Stone Man, who sank into the ground so deeply that his blows were seen on the earth no more. He filled the hole completely. (125)      Then Ibonia said to Handsome and the people of Many Palms, "Who will be your chief, the dead or the living?" Handsome said, "For us it is the living. The dead are assuredly no friends." And Ibonia said, "Be the ruler in your kingdom. (126) I am returning to Long-Standing, and I am taking Joy-Giving Girl with me." And Ibonia started back to his country of Long-Standing.
     The banana-tree Ibonia planted outside the house of Lady Beautiful-Rich was growing well. His mother took confidence from that and was glad. Her son was living, and not dead by any means.
     When Ibonia and his wife were to cross the Many Palms river, Ibonia struck the water with his wand, saying,
     "This water!
     the top is not to go down,
          the bottom is not to come up,
               but the water there in the middle is to separate,
     so Ibonia and his wife can cross."
And the sand appeared, the waters separated, and he and his wife went on the sand as if it were dry land. (127) They reached Long-Standing safe and sound. His mother and father and the people there were glad and made a great feast. (128)

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