Kayiranga Celestin & Mukasine Dafrose

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At Mukasine Dafrose's request, Kayiranga Celestin recounts the story of Rwabugiri and Rwanyonga. The story of a king and his highest confidant and the jealousy and hostility between them. The events that transpire during a hunting trip, a contest, and a wedding, communicate to Mukasine Dafrose that heroism comes in many forms and allows her to compare modern life with the ways of the past. Kayiranga Celestin uses this folk tale to encourage Mukasine Dafrose to be heroic in her daily life by living in harmony and being hospitable to those in need.

"In the past people lived in harmony with each other. I used to talk with my father a lot before he passed on. He told me a lot about how they lived with others and he told me people lived in harmony with each other and being there for each other. People were always there when problems arose, this was heroism. Your grandparents and great grandparents never had any conflicts. So I ask her [Mukasine Dafrose] to also have that kind of heroism." Kayiranga Celestin

"Well, with different people is really good because we were left alone and empty as orphans so interacting with many people gives us comfort and strength." Mukasine Dafrose

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