The Legend of Dhegdheer

(Long Ears)


In this hair-raising cautionary tale from Somalia, the Hargega Valley is plagued by the monstrous Dhegdheer, who gobbles up anyone unlucky enough to cross her path. A widow and her young son try to escape her.
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How it examplifies the folk tale genre.

  • It was passed down for generatons with various diffrences to the plot.
  • It has a characteristically evil mother.
  • It has a clear conflict between the mother who is considered evil and the two good protaganists.
  • The antagonist uses the villiagers foolishness and gullibiltiy against them.
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