HOW SATANA BECAME URUZMAG'S WIFE
When Uruzmag entered his manhood he married Elda, a beautiful maiden of
the Alagata kin.
Meanwhile his sister Satana was rapidly growing up: every month she
gained a year's growth, and every year she gained three-year's growth. And
no girl could match her in beauty. She became a quickwitted girl with
golden hair. Satana could turn her hand to anything.
When the time came for her to marry she was thinking and thinking and
at last she said to herself: "Neither on the Earth nor in the Heavens
there is anybody more accomplished than my brother Uruzmag". And in
her heart of hearts she decided: "Only Uruzmag will be my husband and
Now Satana was in a predicament: she could not dare tell Uruzmag of her
decision, and she could not delegate anybody to her brother. At last she
said to herself: "Well, I must open my black face and go to him".
And she told Uruzmag:
Ч Uruzmag, no one will give away his treasure. I am too good to be
given away to another kin. So you must be my husband. This is the best way
to settle the matter.
Uruzmag blushed with shame, his face turned red.
Ч You never mention it in future, - he said. - It would be a disgrace
to our kin. How could I show my face to the Narta people.
How much time elapsed no one knows. One day Uruzmag decided to go on a
year-long march. He told his wife Elda:
Ч I go on a year-long march. By my return beverage and food must be
prepared for the feast: people will come to our place.
And he set off.
When the day of his return was nearing his wife decided to prepare rong,
the favourite beverage of the Narta. She prepared everything, boiled it
properly but the rong wouldn't ferment: it was arranged by Satana Ч the
witch of the Heavens and sorceress of the Earth.
Being in great confusion, Elda came up to Satana for help.
Ч 0, the maiden of the Narta, the day of my disgrace has come. My
rong wouldn't ferment. If your brother comes and finds me unprepared he
will kill me.
Ч And what I can do for you? - Satana asked. - It is not my business.
Elda got nervous. She incessantly was rushing to her rong and back to Satana.
Ч 0, what shall I do? I am in a great confusion. 0,my!- she exclaimed
Ч This will be the end of poor me.
When Satana understood that her sister-in-law was utterly at a loss and
terribly afraid of her husband she said:
Ч My beautiful sister-in-law Elda, if you give me your wedding dress
for one night I will play a joke on Uruzmag, and help you with your rong.
Ч All right, - said Elda.
Satana used another ferment and soon the rong was ready. By that time
Uruzmag returned from his trip. They arranged a great feast and the Narta
drank rong. After the feast everyone went home well content.
Satana put on Elda's wedding dress and in the dark of the night she
went to.Uruzmag. He didn't recognize his sister.
Ч 0, the maiden of the Alagata, you are better than on the first
night. - said Uruzmag.
Ч It is our ancestral trait, - answered the girl. Unizmag didn't
suspect anything wrong. At night Satana, using her magic, set the Moon and
the stars on the ceiling.
In the morning Uruzmag said:
Ч It must be broad day, so 1' 11 get up.
Ч It is too early, look up. The Moon and stars are brightly shining
in the sky, Ч told Satana.
Poor Elda knocked at the door, she was going to and fro. When she
realized that they wouldn't open the door her tender heart broke and she
died of grief.
When Satana leamt of the end of her sister-in-law she removed the Moon
and stars from the ceiling ans said to Unizmag:
Ч Get up, now it's daytime.
Uruzmag was stunned when he saw Satana.
Ч Is that you, Satana?
Ч Don't you know with whom you have spent the whole night? -answered
What could Uruzmag do? They arranged a funeral for Elda. From that day
on Uruzmag was in low moods.
Ч You made me unhappy, Satana, - he reprimanded his sister. -How
shall we live on among the Narta? How shall we dare to show our faces to
the people? We shall be ill-spoken of by all of them.
Ч The people's distraction lasts only two days, Ч answered Satana
Ч Our infamy is not great. Now, you must do what I ask you to do. You
sit on a donkey with your back to front, and ride three times past the
Nikhas and then you will tell me whatever you hear.
Uruzmag mounted on donkey and set off to pass through the Nikhas. All
the Narta, old and young, were bursting with laughter, some of them
couldn't even move.
Later Uruzmag returned on his donkey. He noticed that some people were
laughing, the others were indifferent. He heard people talking that their
wise Uruzmag was out of his senses. Uruzmag made a third round. Not a
single man looked at him this time. The people said that, perhaps, there
was some trick behind it.
After the shameful ride on the donkey Uruzmag returned home. Satana
Ч Well, how did the people receive you?
Ч When they saw me on the donkey with my back to front they laughed a
great deal, Ч said Uruzmag. As a matter of fact, some of them were
bursting with laughter, some of them couldn't even move. When I appeared
before them for the second time, some of them laughed but the others were
saying that their wise Uruzmag was out of his senses. When I appeared for
the third time no one laughed. Some were even irritated and told: "Our
wise Uruzmag is not out of his senses. He is not riding on a donkey for
nothing, there must be some trick behind it".
Then Satana said:
Ч Well, the fate of our affair will be the same. First they will be
talking of our disgrace then they will forget it.
When the tidings of the unusual match reached the ears of the Narta
they denounced the marriage then they forgot it.
Thus Satana became Uruzmag's wife.