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The woman who couldn’t cry


Okara, a rich old man was much respected for his ability to cure diseases, foretell the future and control rain but death came by robbing him his life. The women who brought food to him were shocked after they found the food left at his doorstep untouched. They alerted the elders who came to confirm of his death. The entire village was in mourning apart from one woman who had tear glands problems and would not cry.

It was believed if one couldn’t cry they were responsible for one’s death. Having noticed that all eyes were on her she ran to her home to sprinkle some water on her cheeks to fool everyone she did cry. Unluckily, the pot was filled with blood her husband had collected from animals and smeared it on her face thinking it was water.

When she ran out to the funeral, she was stoned, blamed for the old man’s death and ran away never to return.

Moral lessons:

Never be too quick to judge one’s actions

Learn to find out why people behave differently from the mob

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2 thoughts on “The woman who couldn’t cry

  1. You just don’t know what’s going on in another person’s life.
    You just don’t know the entire situation and the circumstances that are involved.
    You just don’t know what’s going on in another person’s head.
    So spreading judgements about others only makes the things worse. So we should respect the feelings of others. Very well written. 👌👍
    Cheers 😊

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