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Esigie then demanded that Aruan give him the royal necklace. When Aruan refused, the two went to war. Aruan wore a large bell on his chest. He told his servants that if he lost, he would ring the bell. He instructed them to throw his wives, slaves, and all of his possessions into the lake at the sound of the bell. Unfortunately, as Aruan entered Esigie’s city, the bell fell off and rang loudly against the ground. Before Aruan could return to stop them, his servants carried out his orders. Aruan cursed the lake and threw himself into it.
The woman and man tasted the flour and grimaced again. The ant laughed, explaining that it still wasn’t ready to eat. Next he showed them an empty gourd and gave directions for mixing the flour with water in the gourd to make dough and then kneading it until it was smooth and elastic. The man and woman tasted the dough, and once again each made a face. The ant laughed again. It still wasn’t ready to eat. Next he showed them how to start a fire with stones, dried grass and wood, and a flint stone.
Every time he thought of Thamuatz, his semen ran into a natural bowl of rock. The Sun used this semen to create all the game animals. Bulane Tuareg (Algeria, Chad, Libya, and Niger) A water god who controlled the rain in the mythology or folklore of the Tuareg people, a nomadic tribe living in North Africa. This myth reflects the cultural heritage of the caravan, in which a large group of traders, servants, and pack animals (usually camels) head out across the desert to other lands. In one myth, Bulane was responsible for a great drought that left an entire country without water.