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The Rain Came
Transcript of The Rain Came
By Grace Ogot
Presentation by Charlene Orr, Brynn Durecki, Jesus Velazquez
A Luo community in the 1500's
Northern Kenya/ Uganda area
During a drought
Labong'o's only daughter
Young and pretty
Name means "beans" because of her fair skin
A drought will cause the village to die if it does not rain
Chief of the Luo village
One of Labong'o's wives
Oganda is her only child
Oganda's favorite suitor
Has known Oganda since childhood
Labong'o tells the tribe Oganda must be sacrificed in order for it to rain
Labong'o breaks the news to Oganda
There is a feast for Oganda, and she realizes her dreams will never be fulfilled, she will never see Osinda again
Oganda is sent on her journey to the lake
A large crowd gathers to say goodbye, but no one pleads for Oganda's life
At the lake, Oganda thinks she sees the lake monster, but instead finds Osinda
Oganda decides to escape with Osinda
Even though Oganda decided not to sacrifice herself, it begins to rain, saving the village
Oganda escapes with Osinda from the wrath of the monster and their ancestors
Both Oganda's and the village's lives have been saved by the rain
Duty to family and community
John Eastcott And Yva Momatiuk / National Geographic Society / Universal Images Group
By Grace Ogot
Land Without Thunder
The Other Woman
The Promised Land
African Books Collective.
N.p., 2007. Web. 28 Sept. 2014.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Encyclopedia Britannica, n. d. Web. 26 September 2014.
Tyman, John L. "Kenyan Folk Tales."
Kenyan Folk Tales
. Pitt Rivers Museum, n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2014.
Kenyan Folklore/Myths by John Tyman
"The Origin of Cattle"
"Elephant and Hare"
"Why Zebras Have Stripes"
Something happens that, given the situation, is unexpected
Labong'o, who is supposed to be the bravest man in the tribe, bursts into tears (Pg. 240)
At the lake, Oganda thinks she is being attacked by the monster, but is speechless to find that it is Osinda (Pg. 248)
A comparison is made between two different things using "like" or "as"
Oganda, Minya, and Labong'o are compared to three cooking stones because they will be useless without all three of them helping to hold the cooking-pot, or their burdens (Pg. 244)
Oganda compares herself to a flower bud that is cut off because she believes she will never reach her full potential, like the bud blooming into a flower (Pg. 245)
The tribe rejoices at the news, Minya faints
Write an original myth
A traditional story that usually explains some natural or social phenomenon and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
Involve the weather
Explains events that occur in winter
May 15, 1930
East African Publishing House (EAPH)
Inside view of traditional Luo Life
Conflict of traditional with colonial and modern cultures
Scriptwriter and announcer
British Broadcasting Corporation's East African Service