- African (culture)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
A chieftain’s daughter who was cursed to temporarily turn into a lioness. One day Nyarvirazi ventured into the wilderness alone as she loved to do and drank from some water. The water turned to be urine from a lion and on her way back home she had a craving for goats. She found herself transformed into a lion and ate a goat. After her feast she transformed back into her human form. She kept doing this until her brother became suspicious and saw her transformation. She warned her never to tell her husband. Later she had a baby and the midwives joked about the baby not having claws. The husband demanded to know what they meant and threatened Nyarvirazi with a spear. This wounded her and the sight of blood transformed her into a lioness. She devoured her husband and then went to live with her father.
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