Village Expansion Is Determined By A Wild Pig – Retracing a Pig’s Journey

“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” (George Bernard Shaw)

A captivating true story about a wild pig’s appearance and the greatly assigned meaning to his journey.

It was recounted to me by a group of local Samogho Duungoma village people recently.  A pig determined where each of them would build not only their houses, but would also determine all future development in their village. Apparently, a wild pig showed up on the outskirts of their village a few decades ago. He did not enter the village, but walked by the edge of our village and,  “We took it as a very good sign”. People watched him as he walked by, taking note of the convoluted path he took, believing it was a sign of the direction all new village homes had to follow. The village would expand along the Pig Path first. To this day, all new village huts and homes, new village sections, are being built on the wild pig’s highway. Apparently it was a very wise and significant pig with a message for humanity in this village.

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” (Winston Churchill)

It kind of dumbfounded me to hear the story, considering about 50% of this ethic group is Muslim and pigs are highly unclean to them. So it surprised me to hear how “this little pig” that went to market ended up determining a villages development location. 

“Tom Friedman says China is so awesome they make kosher pigs.” (Jonah Goldberg)

But apparently you can attribute to a pig journey great signs and meaning. I thought it was a very insightful West African story. A reminder that there are things a work in the thinking of these local people that an outsider will never fully understand. You could arrive in this village, be given permission to build a hut, but we  might never truly realize we were put in this location because of an ancient pigs journey.

Happenings, stories, even legends from long ago, affecting decisions being made today. Truth is, we probably only ever know 2% of the stories affecting us and our work.

“Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.” (Ambrose Bierce)

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