In this community people are not allowed to go to the forest on Wednesdays, because that is their rest day.
Many believed that anybody going to the forest on that day would meet with misfortune.
The months of June and July are a season for snails. During this season, boys from the village normally go in search of snails.
They decided to count the snails each member had. The boys forgot that time was not on their side.
But they lost their way. They walked through the forest in the dark. They tried to find their way home but to no avail.
They shook and cried as they hid in a cave for safety. They found the night very long.
The oldest boy said they should try another way back home. After a few minutes of walking, they saw a river. They agreed to swim to the other side.
The oldest boy realised that there were only nine boys. "Who might be missing?" he wondered.
They began crying, and shouting at the top of their voices. They thought one of them had drowned.
The hunter gave each of them a piece of stick to hold. As he collected each stick, he counted with them. Finally, they had ten sticks!
The hunter told them not to go to the forest on Wednesdays, and then led them to the village.
The question now is, why did the boys continue counting nine although they were ten?
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