How Is a Real Folk Tale of Socotra Looking Like?

1. gadaḥ ‛Ali Bota‛el wa qaṣṣa he-n ṭad qiṣṣa

2. ‛omar ‛Ali Bota‛el: gedaḥ (h)-i ṭod wa ‛omar (h)-i:

3. – ya-‛li, ho-hon šodim yha qaqa lilin wa gedaḥ l-soṭhon wa ‛omar h-i:

4. ya soṭhon, ho-hon šodimk lilin ’inni ba‛alk d-e firhim.

5. ‛omar soṭhon: ḥabas t-i!

6. wa na‛a ’ifo yikhen? qalk ‛af l-irqaḥ d-yo qaqa?

7. ‛omar ‛Ali Bota‛el: noqa‛en sitta riyāl wa ho-hon ’iraqaḥ mukšam.

8. ’inqa‛ mukšan darahim wa ‛omar h-i:

9. – na‛a ’iṭahero!

10. tza‛a š-i de mismār wa ho-hon ’iza‛a diš maṭraqa!

11. wa ’iṭahero!

12. ‛omar mukšam: dyo ’iṭahero?

13. ‛omar: ’iṭahero – ‛irubk ho.

14. tu‛ud š-i wa ’ål ’iśa’ak!

15. gedaḥo di-d-ḥalf d-‛igebo hi.

16. ‛omar yhe: tḥofer diš qa‛r d-ḥa! wa ‛a tšimtel!

17. ḥfaro ka’ala.

18. gedaḥen ’imba‛ele d-soṭhon wa ‛imar:

19. – lo tḥofer diš qa‛r d-ḥa?

20. ye‛omar soṭhon – ’ål ‛ak tḥfer wulla ḥubas ta-k!

21. ‛omar ‛Ali: d̮abi soṭhon l-išimtel tho – ’ål šobotk!

22. qo‛o soṭhon driša, ‛omar h-i:

23. ’a-‛li, ’nqana‛k? lo tḥofer dyo qa‛r?

24. ‛omar h-i: šodemk lilin ’inni ẖazna yho-d bebe nḥat d-et qa‛r.

25. ‛omar soṭhon: ’a-‛li, ’ål ḥazak ’inni mišrher kidb?

26. ‛omar ‛Ali: ’ifo te‛omer mišrher kidb?

27. wa ’e-hen gedaḥ-k mukšam ‛omar ha-k: šodem-k lilin
ṭod mišrher ’inni ho ba‛alk d-e firhim – ‛omark: yukub t-i d-sign!

28. ho-hon ša’amoNk ’inni šodemk ṭo’o mukšam biraḥ teten.

29. wa na‛a ta‛omer – kidb!

30. wa ’e-hen ḥibisk mukšam.

31. ‛omar ‛Ali: raqaḥ mukšam wa ho-hon ’ål ‛ak ’aḥofer.

This is that very text of a Socotra folk tale that I was fortunate to record – for the first time in full – from a Socotri man from Hadibo, ca. 26-28 years old, a serjeant in Shallal brigade serving very far from his homeland – at the foot of the Al-Uqla Mountain, in 15 km from the ancient Hadramaut capital Shabwa – at the south edge of Ramlat al-Sab’atayn desert sands. In March 1978.

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