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The Daughter of the Sun and the Moon

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©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                              His father thought Kia's choice of a bride was silly.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. His father thought Kia's choice of a bride was silly.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Long ago there lived a handsome young man who was the son of a chieftain. The young man's name was Kia-Tumba Ndala. All of the young women in the village watched Kia with smiles and bright eyes. He was the most adored bachelor around.

Soon the time came for Kia to choose a bride. However, he wanted only to marry the daughter of the Sun and the Moon, not a woman of the Earth as everyone expected. Kia's father, Kimanaueze, thought his son's wish to marry the daughter of the Sun and the Moon was silly.

"How will you get all the way up to heaven to propose to her?" asked Kimanaueze.

But Kia stuck with his wish, answering, "We'll see. But I'm not marrying anyone else."

As word spread about Kia's wish, the villagers began to think maybe he was under a strange spell. But Kia was so determined that he wrote a marriage proposal asking Lord Sun for his daughter's hand.

The problem was, how would he get it to heaven when he could not get up there himself? Kia went to Antelope and asked if she could deliver it, but she said it was too far. Kia asked Hawk and then Vulture, but despite both of them having wings, they turned Kia down. Hawk and Vulture said that they could only make it half of the way.

Frog took Kia's proposal to Lord Sun in heaven.
Frog took Kia's proposal to Lord Sun in heaven.
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Frog overheard Kia's request and offered to take the letter to heaven. Kia could not see how Frog would be able to do it, but he gave him the letter anyway.

What Kia did not know was that Frog lived near the well from which Lord Sun and Lady Moon's helpers fetched water every day when they came down from heaven. Frog planned to stow away in their buckets and ride up to heaven and back without ever being noticed.

As planned, Frog made it to heaven hidden in a water bucket. When the time was right, he jumped out of the bucket, put Kia's letter on the kitchen table, and went back to hide. Soon Lord Sun came in for some water and saw the letter. He read it and was intrigued by the mysterious message.

Keep reading on the next page to see how Lord Sun responds.

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