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    The following is from the book SPECIMENS OF BUSHMAN FOLKLORE BY W. H. I. BLEEK AND L. C. LLOYD [1911] THE SONG OF THE CAAMA FOX. Crosser of the Spoor, Crosser
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      The following is from the book
      SPECIMENS OF BUSHMAN FOLKLORE
      BY W. H. I. BLEEK AND L. C. LLOYD
      [1911]
      THE SONG OF THE CAAMA FOX.
      Crosser of the Spoor, Crosser of the Spoor,[1]
      Crosser of the Spoor, Crosser of the Spoor!
      [1. The Caama Fox is called "Crosser of the Spoor",
      because it avoids the dog nicely when the dog
      chases it, and, turning suddenly, runs back,
      crossing the dog's spoor (behind it), while the
      dog is racing on in front, thinking to catch
      the Caama Fox by so doing.]
      Cross the Caama Fox's spoor,
      Cross the Caama Fox's spoor![1]
      Cross the Caama Fox's spoor,
      Cross the Caama Fox's spoor!
      [1. It sings that the dog appears to think
      that he will kill it; but the dog will not
      kill it; for it is the one who crosses the
      spoor of (another) Caamaa Fox. It is the one
      which that dog will not kill; for the dog is
      the one who will nearly(?) die of fatigue, when
      it (the Caama Fox) has gone to lie peacefully
      in the shade; while it does not feel tired;
      while the dog painfully goes back to his master.]

      My Comments:
      This can be seen as a meditative teaching. IE: The Inner
      Chatterer is always chasing after desires. The meditator
      ignores its running around and goes within to
      the place where IT "lie peacefully in the shade" and
      witnesses the activity and is untouched by it. "Spoor"
      are the remains that the body/mind has no
      need of and will soil and contaminate if contained.
      Cross your minds spoor and don't get involved with it.
      There are surely many other ways to interpret this
      song, and meditating on its message has the potential
      to let us master the dog chasing us.
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