Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Calabash Child

Gourd transforming into toddler
Inspired by, but not claiming to be an authentic representation of, the Igbo folktale The Calabash Child, retold by Buchi Offodile in The Orphan Girl and Other Stories, West African Folk Tales.

The industrious wife of a childless Igbo king (Eze) managed a farm. One day, she met a little girl among the calabashes that she cultivated. Before the queen's eyes, the child changed into a calabash and back again to a child. Delighted that her prayers for a child had been answered, the royal wife persuaded the child to go home with her and become the king's daughter.