The southern region of Ethiopia has different landscapes. Parts of it are hilly, and parts are flat. The river Omo runs through it from north to south. There are many zones and districts in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) and the people who live in them are of different cultures and speak many different languages.

 The StoriesOriginally told by
Wolayita stories
1 The King's Birthmark   Yisahak Aldade
2 The Sheep and the Goat   Yisahak Aldade
Sidama stories
3 The Father's Shield   Abebe Kebede
4 The Merchant and the King   Yisahak Aldade
Gurage stories
5 The Lazy Family   Shirguma Soraga
6 The Girl from the Sea   Capt. Dejene Washaka
Kafa stories
7 Three Boxes for Three Sons   Imahoy Zewditu Wudineh
8 The Longest Pole in the World   Worku Alemu
Bena stories
9 Nine and One Make Ten Iyasu Origo
10 The Monkey's Heart Iyasu Origo
Ari stories
11 The Leopard's Child Metekia Libri
12 The Hyena Woman   Metekia Libri
Male stories
13 The Monkey's Tower    Zarke Goite
14 The Bear and the Woman   Abdisa Labe
A Tsemay story
15 The Demon's Daughter   Aykabadane Basha


Click here to download as pdf all the stories, exercises and answers for this region.


With grateful thanks to the officers of the Regional and Cultural bureaus in the SNPPR.

In Gurage, Nigatu Wolde (translator Mesfin Habtemariam)
In Kafa, Yacob Woldemariam Dimeno and Tiringo Sigatu (translator Mesfin Habtemariam)
In Omo, Mamo Malla and Mitachew Belay (translators Itegasu Mitaku, Wuhemayo Desmi and Mesfin Habtemariam)
In Wolayita, Ato Aklilu (translated by Michael Ambatchew)
In Sidama, Ato Aklilu (translated by Michael Ambatchew)

© These versions of the stories retold by Elizabeth Laird
© Exercises written by Elizabeth Laird
© Illustrations by Yosef Kebede and Eric Robson