South Africa: Honey tales (1)

After a long search Joop Kamps, Netherlands, has found the story behind the South African stamp 2005 (B5).

Words as sweet as honey

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In the early days, monkeys were not as thin and nimble as they are today. Sankhambi used to creep up behind them and yank their tails. This made the monkeys throw seeds and twigs at Sankhambi. 

Sankhambi disliked this and so tricked the monkeys into coming with him to eat honey in a cave in the mountains. When they reached the cave, Sankhambi shouted that the roof of the cave was falling in, and told the monkeys to stretch up their arms and hold up the roof while he ran to fetch some poles. 

He never returned and that is how the bodies of the monkeys became tail and slender.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 2/2007 
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