|The Lake Ritsa: an Abkhazian legend|
|Articles - People & Culture|
|Monday, 12 September 2011 12:47|
– I shall cook dinner for you, wait a little – said the widow.
The widow and her children sat around the fire looking at the boiler.
The little children were weeping. Soon they fell asleep. An old man came to the valley. He wanted to spend the night. The man came up to the houses, but nobody opened the door. Soon the old man was near the widow’s house. He knocked at the door. The woman went out of the room. She invited him to her house. The old man entered the room and said – I want to eat very much. Can you give me some food.
– Oh, yes I can – answered the woman.
– I see the stones in the boiler. What will you give me to eat? – asked the old man.
– I have nothing, but I shall wait.
– I must observe the hospitality and feed you – said the widow.
After some time the stones in the boiler were turned into the flour. The woman was very glad and she cooked the meal. The widow gave the meal to her quest. She woke her children and gave meal to them too. When the widow got up early in the morning the old man had already gone. She saw water around her house. Water was everywhere.
She did not know what had happened. The woman has seen a narrow path from her house. The widow took her children and went along the path.
The water was swelling higher and higher. Soon the woman reached the bank. At that time the valley was under the water. A beautiful lake appeared in the place of the valley. It was called the lake Ritsa. The widow and her children lived happily on the bank of the lake Ritsa for a long time.
Translation: Ludmula Katsba, 2010