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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 46, Songi Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 46, Songi Summary and Analysis

The Bantu people of central and southern Africa tell a tale of how the women came under the protection of Songi. Nsomeka is a young girl who, unlike her friends, finishes her chores before running off to play. As the tired girl runs to catch up with her friends she meets an old woman. Nsomeka is invited into the old woman's house for a drink of cool water. The old woman reveals herself to be Songi—the Mother. Songi explains that her house has appeared to Nsomeka because of her good heart. She tells Nsomeka that she needs her help to protect women from the beatings of their husbands. Songi binds her arm to Nsomeka's with a snake. Songi then uses a white stone to carve notches into Nsomeka's teeth.

Nsomeka returns to her village and gathers her...

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