The Snake and the Maiden
The seven tribes of Uagadu, one of the richest lands in Africa, all worshipped the snake, Bida, that brought the rains. In return, Bida asked them for one offering each spring: the prettiest maiden in the land. Each of the tribes took turns making the sacrifice until it was the turn of the Bambars. The tribal elders chose the beautiful 16-year-old Sia, but Amadu was madly in love with her. To save her from such a dreadful fate, Amadu killed the snake. From that day on, drought turned Uagadu into a desert. The elders accused Amadu and Sia of treason and banished them. But the young couple found another land and lived happily ever after.