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The Tale of the Linani Beast:E99


Discover what happens when a young man blames his girlfriend for making him steal the tale of a fierce Linani Beast.  A fun folktale from Kenya that teaches children the importance of not blaming others for their “naughty deeds.”  (duration 15 minutes) Ages 5-10

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Have you ever done something a little bit naughty and then when you were caught, you blamed someone else?  Or maybe  you have been blamed for someone else’s naughty deed?  How did that make you feel? What did you do about it, I wonder. 



Hello everyone – I’m Kathleen Pelley, Welcome to JWS. 

Today’s story is a folktale from Kenya in Africa and it is about a young man who blames his girlfriend for making him steal the tail of a Linani Beast,   


This story is dedicated to….Miyakos   from Kerala in India –and who sent me a lovely drawing of Rumpelstiltskin!  Thank you Miyakos for your drawing and for being a loyal listener. 


Ready?  Exciting news – this month JWS is going to be celebrating its 100th Episode!  Yes, you heard me – 100th episode.  And as part of our celebration, we are going to have a raffle – the grand prize winner will receive 3 of my published books – signed and dedicated to them. There will be a mix of other exciting prizes such as a JWS coloring book and JWS stickers. 


To enter the raffle, you can either subscribe to the podcast and write a review    – or follow me on Instagram and send in a photo of a child’s drawing from their favorite JWS episode. 


 You can find all the detail on how to enter in this episode description or on the journeywith story website at Deadline date is August 20th. We will announce the lucky winners on our 100th episode on August 27th 




And – there’ more – yes more excitement….as part of our celebration – you can listen and watch me LIVE on IG – reading one of my own published picture books – which one, you ask?  You will have to wait and see! 










This episode is dedicated to a wonderful loyal listener – MIYAKOS Tara from Kerala in India. 


Thank you for sending me two of your drawings.  This is for you  – enjoy 






Let’s take a journey with…. 



The Tail of the Linani Beast – Folktale from Kenya 


There was once a young man who fell madly in love with a beautiful young girl.  Every single day, he would march over to her house and beg her to marry him.  Now this young girl would not say yes, and she would not say no. 


Instead she would say things like…”You know I am feeling soooooo thirsty for coconut water.  How I would love to have some coconut water – right now.” 


And at once, the young man would jump up and say, “You want coconut water?  I will fetch you coconut water – right now.” 


Then off he would run to the coconut grove, climb a tree, cut a coconut, bring it back, slice off the top and….present it to her – “Here you are – a coconut for you.” 


The next day the young man would arrive at her house again.  “Please, would you marry me?” 


The young girl would not say yes, and she would not say no. 

“You know, I am feeling sooooo hungry for some fresh fish.   How I would love some fresh fish for my supper tonight.” 


“You want fresh fish?  I will fetch you some fresh fish – right now.” 


Then that young man would race to the stream.  He would spear some fish, rush back and lay them in front of her.  “Here you are – fresh fish for your supper tonight.” 


Anything at all that girl could think of to ask…that young man would provide.  But still, no matter how much he pleaded, she would not agree to marry him. 


One day he asked her….”Isn’t there anything I could bring that would persuade you to marry me?  I would bring you anything – anything at all.” 


The girl got a faraway look in her eyes.  “Well,  now that you mention it, there is one thing….but….I am sure you could never bring it to me…. 

The tail of a Linani Beast.   

I have heard they are sooooo beautiful…so silky, so rare.   

Ah imagine, how famous I would be if I owned such a tail. 



The young man gulped. 

“The Linani Beasts live deep in the forest. 

The Linani Beasts crunch up humans for their dinner.” 



“Yes, I know, but any man who brought me the tail of a Linani Beast would be soooooo brave,  

I would have to marry him.” 


Now the young man was INSPIRED. 


Now he knew how to win this girl. 


All he had to do was – get the tail of a Linani Beast…. 

And she would be HIS…at last. 


He would go at once, he decided. 

So that young man sharpened his knife and set off into the forest in search of… 

The Linani Beasts. 


The Linani Beasts lived in a grove deep, deep, deep in the forest. 

All day long, they slept. 

But at dusk, the Linani Beasts wokup, and then…. 

They went a-hunting for…..bones to crunch. 

Preferably  – HUMAN bones. 



Now – here is a secret about the Linanis that no one knows….. 


The Linanis had learned that humans coveted their tails 

So to keep humans from sneaking up on them, the Linani had developed a strange sleeping habit. 

While the Linanis slept, they would keep opening and closing their eyes. 

But they would really actually be sound asleep all the while, 

Even when their eyes were wide open. 




And that’s not all….while they slept, they would mutter under their breaths 



When their eyes were closed, they would mutter, “I’m asleep.” 


When their eyes were open, they would mutter, “I’m awake.” 



“I’m asleep….I’m awake. 

I’m asleep…I’m awake 

I’m asleep…I’m awake 



But really, they were sleeping soundly all the time. 



When the young man reached the grove of the Linani Beasts, he saw them lying in mounds all over the ground. 

They seemed – at first glance – to be asleep. 

But when he ventured closer he saw… 

They were opening their eyes every few minutes and muttering 


“I’m asleep…I’m awake! 

I’m asleep…I’m awake! 

I’m asleep…I’m awake! 


They only sleep for a few seconds at a time, the young man thought, How can I sneak in and cut off a Linani tail? 


He sat down to watch them for a while. 

He watched them for a looooooong while. 

He noticed when the Linani opened their eyes, 

They never looked around. 

He noticed that when the Linani said, “I’m awake…. 

They kept right on breathing deeply as if in sleep. 


I think these Linani are really sleeping the whole time, he thought 

I don’t believe they wake up when they open their eyes. 


He HAD to have that tail. 

So he took the risk and…. 

Slowly – slowly…he tip tip tip toes over to the sleeping Linani. 

He stepped over the first Linani 


“I’m asleep.  I’m awake. 

I’m asleep.  I’m awake 

I’m asleep. I’m awake. 


The Linani did not move. 


“Aha, thought the young man.  I was right  – they are all sound asleep. 


Now the young man tiptoes through the sleeping Linani, looking for the most beautiful tail. 


There!  He spotted it!  – the tail of the chief Linani. 


Long…..sleek….silky…that was the tail for his true love. 


The young man pulled out his knife….that knife was so sharp…so sharp…with one quick slash – he cut that tail right off. 


It was so quick. And the Linani was sleeping sooooo deeply that it did not even wake up. 



“I’m asleep.  I’m awake 

I’m asleep…..I’m awake. 

I’m asleep….  OUCH – I’m awake 

I’m asleep….I’m awake. 


The young man tiptoed out of the pile of sleeping beasts.  He began to run back through the forest with the tail 


“Now she will marry me! “ he said. 

Tonight she will be mine 

But he still had a long way to travel to reach his village. 


Night began to fall. 


Back at the grove the Linani began to wake up. 


“Yaaaawn  Wake up, Linani! 

Wake up! 

Time to go out and ….crunch some bones! 


The Linani began to stretch and get up 

The Linani beast laying next to the chief sat up. 

He put his hand on the ground and felt something – wet and sticky. 

It was blood from the chief’s tail….but… 

What is this? 

He began to laugh 

“The chief has wet his bed 

The chief has wet his bed 


The chief sat up and scowled. 


He put his hands down on the ground. 


What”  It is blood! 

My tail!!! 

Someone has cut off my tail! 

Only a human would do such a thing like this 


Whoever this man is ….today he becomes – my enemy! 



The Linani began to snuffle around the grove and soon they discovered… 


A trail of blood leading into the forest. 


I go to fetch my tail AND our supper, said the chief. 

He picked up a handful of straw grass and tied it into a magic knot. 


Holding the knot in front of him, he began to chant 


You who became my enemy today, who who became my enemy today, no matter where you go, no matter where you hid, I will find you – speak to me! 


And the magic knot of grass drew that young man’s voice running down the forest path, and they young man felt himself suddenly answering 



“I…I….I…”  His voice burst out.  He could not stop it. “I who became your enemy today, I who became your enemy today, I cut your tail.” 



That magic knot made him say that.  The young man began to call out,  

“I didn’t mean to do it. 

I didn’t meant to do it 

The woman…the woman… 

The women made me do it.” 




The Linani stomped down the path after that young man.  The young man ran and ran and ran. Every little while the Linani would stop and call again…. 


You who became my enemy today, you who became my enemy today, no matter where you go, no matter where you hide, I will find you…SPEAK TO ME! 


And the young man would be forced to stop and call back. 


I who became our enemy today – I who became your enemy today, I cut your tail. 

Oh but…I didn’t want to do it 

I didn’t want to do it 

The woman…the woman 

The Woman made me do it!” 


The young man reached his village. 

He ran to that girl’s house 


Here – here is our Linain tail 

NOW will you marry me? 


She was impressed 

“The tail of a Linani! 

How brave you must be! 

Of course I will marry you! 


“Then hide me!  The Linani is coming! 


The young girl covered him with her mats – he was completely out of sight. 


The Linani entered the village.  He looked around at all the houses. He is hiding in one of these huts,” he said.   

“He who became my enemy today, he who became my enemy today, no matter where you go, no matter where you hide, I will find you…Speak to me!” 


Under the mats, the young man felt his voice coming out of him 


“I who became your enemy today. I who became your enemy today. I cut your tail 


Oh…no…I didn’t mean to do it.   I didn’t meant to do it…The woman…the woman… 

The woman made me do it! 


The Linani followed the sound of that voice. He pushed into that house.  There sat the girl, holding…HIS TAIL.  He didn’t see the young man anywhere. 


You who became my enemy today – you who became my enemy today…no matter where you go, no matter where you hid…I will find you…SPEAK TO ME!” 


Under the mats the young mean hld both hands over his mouth, but it was no use, still his voice came out… 

“I who became your enemy today, I who became your enemy today, I cut your tail!  Oh, but… 

He leapt to his feet and begged the Linani 

I didn’t want to do it….I didn’t want to do it.  The woman…the woman… 

The woman made me do it. 


The Linani stared at that girl 

The woman? 

The woman? 

The WOMAN made  you do it?” 


He snatched his tail back from the girl and he turned to that young man 


But the man…the man… 

The MAN is in charge of HIS OWN actions!” 


He snatched that y young man up and he threw him over his back and marched out of that house – out of the village and into the forest… and that young man was never seen again. 


Now in that village they tell the young girls. 


If you love a young man…do not ask impossible things 

Do NOT do that! 


And to the young men they say 

“if you love a young woman 

No matter what she says, no matter what she asks 

Remember that the MAN is responsible for his own actions! 



So – what do you think?  Was it wrong of the young man to steal the tail  of the Linani? Was the young girl to blame?  Or was it all the young man’s fault?  This would be a good discussion to have with your friends and family. 


And I bet you could draw some great pictures of what you think those Linani beast look  like – do share them with me on IG at JWS. 



Remember – if you want a chance to win some e fun prizes, get busy drawing a picture from  your favorite episode- or writing a review – send them to me today – August 20th is our deadline and… 


 And be sure to tune in next week at our regular time….for our….100th episode celebration – lots of fun for everyone with announcement of our winners – prizes – special surprises….and other fun stuff….. 


Cheerio then, join me next time for the 100th episode of  



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