Synopsis: Rutsai People
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This story is about a woman named Mmachotlho who was from a village called Koromanta. It is a village that was divided by a huge mountain with a narrow passage leading way to the other side of the village where the chief was residing. The chief’s side had all resources a village needed to survive (the river, good soil for plantation and the most trusted traditional healer).
The village celebrated their cultural heritage occasionally but under normal circumstances it would be about what the greater power had given to them, the natural resources especially food such as vegetables and fruits.
Mma chotlho was the village’s best cook respected for her cooking talent. After the chief had announced that they were going to celebrate their cultural heritage in a special way, she was invited to cook her well known special soup for the chief.
On the celebration day she travelled with few of her friends, just when they were about to go through the narrow passage. The sudden strike of the lightning hit the top of the mountain and an enormous rock came tumbling down and closed the whole passage way leaving absolutely no space for anyone to pass.
That mysterious scene did not stop her from continuing to go on and join the celebration. She was keen and determined to be part of the historical celebration. She took a lead and her friends followed her to go around the gigantic mountain through the wilderness to the other side of the village. This means they had to walk long in the bush and wild animals could have been there, but for them it did not matter anymore. The only thing in their minds was the special celebration.
The distance was long and they were beginning to be tired when suddenly wild animals attacked them and unfortunately she was the only one devoured by the beasts and the friends were lucky to easily runaway since they were walking behind her. Her friends feared for their lives and run away until they finally made it to the main celebration venue. According to the speech made by the village’s chief, the ceremony was also extended in a form of dedication to Mme-mmachotlho for her braveness, showing character and commitment to Rutsaian’s cultural heritage. Since that day all women in the village documented her famous recipes as part of the menu for every heritage celebration event.