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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 49, Mella Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 49, Mella Summary and Analysis

This account of the mortal heroine Mella may be based upon an oral history of the Buhera Ba Rowzi people of Zimbabwe.

Mella's father has been sick for many months and is dying. Music and sacrifices have not worked to make him whole, nor has the magic of the Nganga healers. Mella is desperate to save her father. One night, as she is walking in the forest, the Moon Goddess Bomu Rambi speaks to Mella. She tells Mella that she must go visit the frightful Python Healer. Mella is terrified at the idea of visiting the Python Healer, as he has already frightened all of her brothers away, yet she travels for many days until she reaches his cave.

At the mouth of the ominous cave, Mella calls out to the Python Healer asking for his help in healing...

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