Luanda Magere

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Luo folklore speaks of a mighty warrior known as Luanda Magere, who once walked the shores of the Lake Victoria. He was possessed of unearthly powers, and his flesh was made of stone. Arrows, spears and clubs simply deflected from his body, making him invincible during warfare.He was famously known for his capability to tear an entire army apart.The Luo traditional enemies at the time were the Nandi.The Nandi were tired of being defeated at war by the Luo. The Nandi elders sat to discuss the issue and came to a conclusion where they would give Luanda Magere a Nandi girl to marry, claiming that it was a gesture of peace.The girl's role was to find out how to defeat him.They therefore picked the most beautiful Nandi girl and sent her to him.Though the Luo elders advised him not to take the girl, Luanda Magere did not heed their advice.Luanda Magere's eventual downfall came at the hands of his wife.Now it happened that whenever Luanda was sick, his first wife would care for him.One day he fell ill when his first wife was away. He therefore called his Nandi wife to bring him some medicine. Luanda instructed her to cut his shadow with a knife and instill the medicine. She was surprised when she saw his shadow bleed. That night, she crept out of Luanda's home and ran back to her people.She was received with joy when she told them her husband's weakeness: that his shadow was made of flesh and was vulnerable to attack.The news quickly spread.The Nandi knew that the Luo would not...
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