Song of parents grieving the loss of their daughter’s strength.

Singer not recorded.


Nowhere does this song say what exactly had become of the daughter of the family. However, the description of a young woman dressed in all her finery, crossing the river in a small boat which was apparently waiting for her, and going on her way, seems to indicate that, for some reason, she was running away from home, and that her flight had been planned beforehand. This could have been to avoid some unacceptable marriage arrangements, but it does not say so. Her departure meant that tasks, which she normally performed in the home, had now to be undertaken by her parents. These included, in particular, carrying water to keep the household supplied, and pounding grain for the family meals.

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