Diirawic and Her Incestuous Brother
Legend: Dinka Folktales, African Stories from Sudan by Francis Mading Deng, (New York, Africana Publishing Company, a division of Holmes & Meier, 1974), copyright 1974 by Francis Mading Deng.
This is an ancient event.
A girl called Diirawic was extremely beautiful. Everyone in the tribe listened to her words. A man called Teeng wanted to marry her, but her brother, who was also called Teeng, refused.
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Many people each offered a hundred cows for her bride-wealth, but her brother refused. One day Teeng spoke to his mother and said, "I would like to marry my sister Diirawic."
His mother said, "I have never heard of such a thing. You should go and ask your father."
He went to all his relatives and they all told him to ask someone else. Finally his mother's sister said,
"My child, if you prevented your sister from being married because you wanted her, what can I say! Marry her if that is your wish. She is your sister."