introduces the Mofu people of the Mandara Mountains in the central African
country of Cameroon.
end of the Mofu's dry season, and the community's task of sowing
before the rainy season the sorghum seeds they depend on for food.
the prayer used to call the killer red ant, jaglavak, to help drive out the
the social structure of a termite colony—soldiers defend the mound,
workers feed and care for the young and take care of the nest's
construction, winged ants leave the nest to start new colonies, and the queen
details about the termite queen.
some of the rituals of the Mofu people, including a rain stone ceremony used in
response to the draught.
the Mofu's belief in a symbiotic relationship between a species of bird
and ant that depend on each other for sorghum seeds.
revisits the problem of the termite to find
that the ant has not come in answer to their prayers, so children are sent to
find the killer red ant.
the children gather insects for food, which are later prepared and eaten.
the finding and gathering of the jaglavak.
identifies characteristics of the red ant—it is an army ant and a
predator with great strength and tenacity.
the attack of the jaglavak on the termite colony, noting the strategic plan of
immobilizing the much larger soldier termites and driving the queen away from
follows the Mofu as they
complete their harvest rituals, including gathering and threshing the sorghum,
removing the skin from the seeds, and stocking the granaries.