Two men loved each other because the two were brothers. Once the
one of them said:
"Brother!" the youngest brother said.
"What?" said the other.
"Do you know what will divide us? It will be a deed of a woman".
The other did not agree with his younger brother's words.
"No, it is not true," he said.
Soon his elder brother got married. And then he was forced to travel
away for a work. As he went away, the woman wanted the man, her
brother-in-law. But her brother-in-law didn't want her: because he
loved his brother and respected her the same way as his elder
One of Allah's days she heard that her man has returned.
She tore her dress, broke her necklace, her pantaloons - made
When her man came to the home's door she said:
"Do not come in! I am naked!"
Once her man saw her, he asked:
"Who did it?"
"Your younger brother," the woman said. "Your brother who you left
here when you went away... He did it to me!"
"I see," her man said. "Now, what shall I do to him for you?"
"Do with him?..." his woman said. "Cut off his genitalia!"
The man went away and found his younger brother milking his cows.
Once he found his brother, he came to him and cut off his genitalia
with a knife.
"You!" cried his brother. "Have I said you, that it will be nothing but a
And the younger brother went away. He became a "gisses" - a
In this land the daughter of the Sultan was set down at her sitting
place at the top of the Sultans house naked. They said:
"Who can jump up to her will marry her!"
And the boy who was the "gisses"- a castrate - was handsome.
He had jumped to her - and she married him.
"I shall never marry but this boy!" she said.
"I am not who is useful for you. Because there is nothing to do with,"
he said. "Why you marry me?"
"Even so! I want you or a death!"
One day he bathed with Sultan's servants, and they saw him naked.
When he came home he said to her:
"Ah, my wife! Today the servants of your father saw me naked. They
will tell him, and they will slaughter me".
In the night the servants closed the palace, and the Sultan’s girl
opened the window and let her man go out. He jumped from the
window to the ground - and fled away.
The boy ran toward the mountains and he suddenly met Angels who
were making fire. He came up to them and told them his story.
"Take it with your hand!" the Angels said. And he found it in its place.
"Now," the Angels said, "when you go home and when you enter to
your wife - she become pregnant with two. Tomorrow
in the evening take them and return here!"
The boy came up to his wife, and she became pregnant.
Another day the servants of the Sultan went to him.
"O, your Majesty!" one of them said. "The boy is from those who have
not what they are doing it with".
"There is nothing?" the Sultan said.
"Nothing," the servant said.
"And if there is - will I slaughter you?" the Sultan said.
"I promise you my head. If there is - you will slaughter me!" the
They bathed - the servants and the boy - together, and the Sultan
"Hey, you!" the Sultan said. "There is not?"
"Yesterday there was not," the servant said.
They cut him his head off.
The boy's wife became pregnant and another day gave birth to two
children: a boy and a girl.
The boy took them and had not delayed - went with them to that
place where he met the Angels. He met them making a grave.
As he gave them, his newborn twins, to those Angels, the twins were
laughing when being cut into parts, were laughing when being
cooked, and were laughing when being buried...
(c) Vladimir Agafonov, 2009
First published in California Linguistic Notes in 2009 (Part 1) and
2010 (Part 2).