Oral Texts

Funny stories about manservants

Okinawa Motobu Sesoko

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Shinkō Uema (born 1919). Recorded on 22th August 1969.

上間真好 えー なま-ふどぅ んちゃ なー じにんくゎ-ぬ ‘あわり-ぬ くとぅー ふぁなしー-ん んー ‘あいびーしが
eː nama-ɸudu nʨa naː ʥiniŋkʷa-nu ʔawaɾi-nu kutuː ɸanaɕiː-ɴ ɴː ʔaibiːɕiga
"Like I just mentioned, there are tragic stories of menservants,"
上間真好 ‘うぬー わらい-ばなしー-ん ‘ありーば また ひじょー-ぬ な でーじな えー ‘あわりばなし-ん ‘あいびん.
ʔunuː waɾai-banaɕiː-ɴ ʔaɾiːba mata hiʥoː-nu na deːʥina eː ʔawaɾibanaɕi-ɴ ʔaibiɴ.
"but there are entertaining stories as well as wretched stories."
上間真好

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上間真好 ちょーる ひちぐゎち-ぬ なー きゅーぬ ひちぐゎち-ぬ ‘あしーび やてーぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびしが.
ʨoːɾu hiʨigʷaʨi-nu naː kjuːnu hiʨigʷaʨi-nu ʔaɕiːbi jateːgiɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiɕiga.
"It is said that the following happened right around the festivities of the seventh month of the lunar calendar."
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上間真好 な ふぁんた-‘うり ‘あたーてぃ ひちひちゃー-ぐとぅ なー じにんくゎ ‘あしばさーぬ
na ɸanta-ʔuɾi ʔataːti hiʨihiʨaː-gutu naː ʥiniŋkʷa ʔaɕibasaːnu
"It is said that because of unexpectedly wet weather, the master of some menservants wouldn't let them join the festivities"
上間真好 なー ぴんまー-はら ‘いじーてぃ ‘いじ はんら ‘ういらちぇー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびんむんぬ,
naː pimmaː-haɾa ʔiʥiːti ʔiʥi haɴɾa ʔuiɾaʨeː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbimmunnu,
"and had them go out during the day to plant climbers, but…"
上間真好

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上間真好 ‘あんし なー ゆー ‘いっちん
ʔaɴɕi naː juː ʔitʨin
"…even as night fell"
上間真好 なー いぇーんさー-ん しーばれーる ひちぐゎち-‘あしーび-ん しーばれーる りち そーしが なー ぬし-や けーさぬ.
naː jeːɴsaː-ɴ ɕiːbaɾeːɾu hiʨigʷaʨi-ʔaɕiːbi-ɴ ɕiːbaɾeːɾu ɾiʨi soːɕiga naː nuɕi-ja keːsanu.
"and they said: 'Let's join the eisā [traditional dance]; let's join the festivities of the seventh month,' their master wouldn't let them leave."
上間真好 ひちゃーくとぅ なー ‘うぬ じにんくゎーた-が "りー くりー なー わちゃーく しーば ないる" りち
hiʨaːkutu naː ʔunu ʥiniŋkʷaːta-ga "ɾiː kuɾiː naː waʨaːku ɕiːba naiɾu" ɾiʨi
"Reportedly, the menservants then said: 'How about that? We should play a trick on him,'"
上間真好 はんら むる さかしま-‘うい ひち ひちぇー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびーしが.
haɴɾa muɾu sakaɕima-ʔui hiʨi hiʨeː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiːɕiga.
"and planted all the climbers upside down."
上間真好 えー なー‘あっちゃー ぬし-ぬ ‘いじ みち ひちゃくとぅ んちゃ なー さかしま -‘ういてぃねーぬ
eː naːʔatʨaː nuɕi-nu ʔiʥi miʨi hiʨakutu nʨa naː sakaɕima -ʔuitineːnu
"When their master went to have a look the next day, they had really been planted upside down;"
上間真好 なー ‘うれー ゆーな-むん れーる はんなぎとーけー りち
naː ʔuɾeː juːna-muɴ ɾeːɾu hannagitoːkeː ɾiʨi
"he said: 'Well, that's just my luck. Just leave them like they are,'"
上間真好 ‘あんしまーまー ひちゃーくとぅ なー (かん んー) はんら れーくとぅ なー なー むいとーん-ばー いぇーびてんさい.
ʔaɴɕimaːmaː hiʨaːkutu naː (kaɴ ɴː) haɴɾa ɾeːkutu naː naː muitoːm-baː jeːbiteɴsai.
"and he left them the way they were; because they were climbers, they had already been growing, too."
上間真好 えー ‘うり-が また ‘うむー ‘いみくち ‘いっちよーさい.
eː ʔuɾi-ga mata ʔumuː ʔimikuʨi ʔitʨijoːsai.
"They bore great numbers of sweet potatoes, as well."
上間真好 ‘うるひちゃーとぅ なー ‘うり-ん てぃーち-ぬ わらい-ばなしー いぇーびーしが.
ʔuɾuhiʨaːtu naː ʔuɾi-n tiːʨi-nu waɾai-banaɕiː jeːbiːɕiga.
"So, that's one of the entertaining stories."
上間真好

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上間真好 なー-てぃーち-や そーる なー じにんぐゎ ちゅー-ねー しからりーしや ‘あんとーじ-や なー
naː-tiːʨi-ja soːɾu naː ʥiniɴgʷa ʨuː-neː ɕikaɾaɾiːɕija ʔantoːʥi-ja naː
"Another one: the era in which people were used by others as menservants"
上間真好 あー きみ-ん ねーぬ めー-ん ねーぬ ‘あたい (れー えー) いぇてん じらい いぇーびーとぅ
aː kimi-n neːnu meː-n neːnu ʔatai (ɾeː eː) jeten ʥiɾai jeːbiːtu
"was one in which there was hardly any rice, "
上間真好 なー そーぐゎち-ぬ ‘わーし なー ‘うり-る まちかんてー やてー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびーむんぬ.
naː soːgʷaʨi-nu ʔwaːɕi naː ʔuɾi-ɾu maʨikanteː jateː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiːmunnu.
"so the pork eaten in the first month of the year was reportedly something the menservants could hardly wait for."
上間真好 そーる そーぐゎち-ぬ じゅーゆっか-ぬ ひー なー きまーてぃ
soːɾu soːgʷaʨi-nu ʥuːjukka-nu hiː naː kimaːti
"on the 14th of the first month of the year,"
上間真好 ‘うぬ ‘わーし-や な まはい-ねー ‘いんてぃ-くーしや な ななはき-なー めーにん-めーにん きまてぃー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびーしが,
ʔunu ʔwaːɕi-ja na mahai-neː ʔinti-kuːɕija na nanahaki-naː meːnim-meːniɴ kimatiː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiːɕiga,
"It is said that it was always seven slices of pork that were put into each of the bowls"
上間真好 ‘あん ちゅけー なー な めーにん なー ななはき れーびーとぅ ‘うり-が ‘うほーく ないん-ばー ‘あい-が すーらやー りち
ʔan ʨukeː naː na meːnin naː nanahaki ɾeːbiːtu ʔuɾi-ga ʔuhoːku naim-baː ʔai-ga suːɾajaː ɾiʨi
"but it could be that just once there would be more, as it was seven slices every year; …"
上間真好 ‘うぬ ふぁなしー さーがち なー ‘うぬ じにんぐゎ-たー ‘あちまとぅてぃ
ʔunu ɸanaɕiː saːgaʨi naː ʔunu ʥiniɴgʷa-taː ʔaʨimatuti
"some menservants had gathered and were talking about this"
上間真好 ‘ある きねー-ぬ れーびんろー んー ‘あちまとぅてぃ なー ふぁなしー すーちぇー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびむんぬ,
ʔaɾu kineː-nu ɾeːbiɴɾoː ɴː ʔaʨimatuti naː ɸanaɕiː suːʨeː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbimunnu,
"…in a certain household, that is; it is said that they had gathered and were talking, but…"
上間真好 ひじょーに くぬ こっけいな にーしぇー-が をぅたん んー をぅてー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびしが
hiʥoːni kunu kokkeina niːɕeː-ga wutaɴ ɴː wuteː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiɕiga
"…it is said there was one very funny young man"
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上間真好 "とぅかゆっか-ぬ しし-や さらまてぃぬ みはき しらん ななはき-ん ‘あいが すーら" りち
"tukajukka-nu ɕiɕi-ja saɾamatinu mihaki ɕiɾan nanahaki-ɴ ʔaiga suːɾa" ɾiʨi
" 'The amount of meat for the 14th is fixed; I guess it's three slices, but could it also be seven slices?'"
上間真好 ‘うぬ わかしぇー-ぬ にしぇー-ぬ な とぅんぐゎ-ねーてぃ ‘うた ひちぇー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびーむんぬ
ʔunu wakaɕeː-nu niɕeː-nu na tuŋgʷa-neːti ʔuta hiʨeː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiːmunnu
"he was singing in the kitchen:"
上間真好 ‘あんさーい まーぬ いぃきが-ぬし-や ‘うり きち
ʔaɴsaːi maːnu jikiga-nuɕi-ja ʔuɾi kiʨi
"It is said that the man's master heard it and said:"
上間真好 とー なー ‘うん-たー-が ‘ゆーぬ ‘うた きち みりば
toː naː ʔun-taː-ga ʔjuːnu ʔuta kiʨi miɾiba
"but now that I hear what they're singing"
上間真好 めーにん なー んんちゃ ししー ‘うっさ-なー かまーち ならん-ぐとぅ
meːnin naː nnʨa ɕiɕiː ʔussa-naː kamaːʨi naɾaɴ-gutu
"I shouldn't let them have that much meat every year,"
上間真好 なー くー-ぬ くー-ぬ-ばー-や ‘いひや なー ‘うほーく かましぇー" りち
naː kuː-nu kuː-nu-baː-ja ʔihija naː ʔuhoːku kamaɕeː" ɾiʨi
"let them have a little bit more on this occasion,'"
上間真好 るー-ぬ くぬー (んにじ) ‘あん じにんくゎ ゆり しし-ん ‘うほーく なち かましみたん りちぬ かーちゃん りちぬ ふぁなし-ぬ ‘あいびん.
ɾuː-nu kunuː (nniʥi) ʔan ʥiniŋkʷa juɾi ɕiɕi-ɴ ʔuhoːku naʨi kamaɕimitaɴ ɾiʨinu kaːʨaɴ ɾiʨinu ɸanaɕi-nu ʔaibiɴ.
"and he called the manservant and let him have more meat."
上間真好 なーてぃーち-や また ‘あぬ ‘うふ-むぎ りち ‘うれー-や しぐん-ぐゎち-ねー とぅらりーぬ ‘うふ-むぎ (いぃー) いぇーびーしが.
naːtiːʨi-ja mata ʔanu ʔuɸu-mugi ɾiʨi ʔuɾeː-ja ɕiguɴ-gʷaʨi-neː tuɾaɾiːnu ʔuɸu-mugi (jiː) jeːbiːɕiga.
"Another one: barley can be harvested in April and May."
上間真好 ‘うふ-むぎ-や ‘うし-ねー ‘いんてぃ ひち
ʔuɸu-mugi-ja ʔuɕi-neː ʔinti hiʨi
"If you put barley in a mortar, grind it,"
上間真好 そして あー なー ‘わーび-ぬ はー とぅりば な ぴら-めー-とぅか ひち かーりんばー いぇーびーとぅ
soɕite aː naː ʔwaːbi-nu haː tuɾiba na piɾa-meː-tuka hiʨi kaːɾimbaː jeːbiːtu
"and remove the hull, you can use it to make barley rice and eat it"
上間真好 (‘うり くみー) んー ‘うふ-むぎ しかちぇー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびーむんぬ
(ʔuɾi kumiː) ɴː ʔuɸu-mugi ɕikaʨeː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiːmunnu
"so it is said that they had a girl grind barley; …"
上間真好 なー ‘あんとーじ-や わからん たら しきくるばしば な ‘あとぅ はー むぎん りち やてー-ぎしぇん ふーじ いぇーびしが
naː ʔantoːʥi-ja wakaɾan taɾa ɕikikuɾubaɕiba na ʔatu haː mugiɴ ɾiʨi jateː-giɕeɴ ɸuːʥi jeːbiɕiga
"…it appears that in those times, not knowing better, they would just keep grinding it until the hull came off"
上間真好 なー ゆるーゆなか-まりーん なー むぎー (しか) ‘うしねー しかさってぃ しちゃーとぅ
naː juɾuːjunaka-maɾiːn naː mugiː (ɕika) ʔuɕineː ɕikasatti ɕiʨaːtu
"but it is said that when this girl was made to grind barley in a mortar until deep in the night"
上間真好 ‘うぬ いぃなぐ-わらーび-ぬ るく ‘あわーりぬ ‘ういに なー ならー ‘いじーてぃ ち,
ʔunu jinagu-waɾaːbi-nu ɾuku ʔawaːɾinu ʔuini naː naɾaː ʔiʥiːti ʨi,
"she was so miserable that she started weeping, "
上間真好 ‘うぬ ならー-ぬ しんれーしんれー ‘うしん-がてぃ ‘いっち ひち-ひっちゃーとぅ ‘うぬ しき-やっしく なてぃ ‘いじ たれーま
ʔunu naɾaː-nu ɕiɴɾeːɕiɴɾeː ʔuɕiɴ-gati ʔitʨi hiʨi-hitʨaːtu ʔunu ɕiki-jaɕɕiku nati ʔiʥi taɾeːma
"her tears falling into the mortar one by one; this made the barley easier to grind,"
上間真好 なー ‘うぬ ‘うふ-むぎん ちゅらく なてぃ ‘うん ぴら-めー-ん ひち かーりん-ぐとぅ なたーん りち ふぁなあし.
naː ʔunu ʔuɸu-mugin ʨuɾaku nati ʔum piɾa-meː-ɴ hiʨi kaːɾiɴ-gutu nataːɴ ɾiʨi ɸanaaɕi.
"the hull coming off neatly right away, and it was then ready to make barley rice with and eat."
上間真好 ‘うり-から えー なー ‘うぬ ‘うふ-むぎや みじ ‘いんてぃ しきーば へーく ‘うぬ
ʔuɾi-kaɾa eː naː ʔunu ʔuɸu-mugija miʥi ʔinti ɕikiːba heːku ʔunu
"It is said that after that, people started adding water before pounding barley,"
上間真好 かーりん-ぐとぅ ないさやー りち みじ ‘いんてぃ しきふぁじまたん るーぬ ふぁなしー.
kaːɾiɴ-gutu naisajaː ɾiʨi miʥi ʔinti ɕikiɸaʥimataɴ ɾuːnu ɸanaɕiː.
"as it would then be ready to eat more quickly."
上間真好 なー むかしぬ なー もーき-かたーん ねーん, じにんくゎ-た ひち なー ‘えーきんちゅ ‘あんし しからりーしん ふんとー なー
naː mukaɕinu naː moːki-kataːn neːn, ʥiniŋkʷa-ta hiʨi naː ʔeːkinʨu ʔaɴɕi ɕikaɾaɾiːɕiɴ ɸuntoː naː
"Truly, from back when people were used as menservants by the wealthy when they had no way to earn a living, "
上間真好 ‘いる-‘いるぬ ‘あわり-ばなしー また ‘いる-‘いるぬ わらい-ばなしー ぬんくい ‘あい-や さびーしが
ʔiɾu-ʔiɾunu ʔawaɾi-banaɕiː mata ʔiɾu-ʔiɾunu waɾai-banaɕiː nuŋkui ʔai-ja sabiːɕiga
"there are all kinds of wretched stories as well as all kinds of entertaining stories"
上間真好 なー ‘うり-や ‘うり-とぅ ひち なー むかし-ばなしー-とぅ ひちー, なー むかし-ばなしー-とぅ ひち な きくーぬ ‘うっさしぇー やてぃん しみ-や さん-がや また ‘うり きち
naː ʔuɾi-ja ʔuɾi-tu hiʨi naː mukaɕi-banaɕiː-tu hiʨiː, naː mukaɕi-banaɕiː-tu hiʨi na kikuːnu ʔussaɕeː jatiɴ ɕimi-ja saɴ-gaja mata ʔuɾi kiʨi
"but I think that it may be enough to leave that as it is and just listen to them as old tales, "
上間真好 なま-ぬ わらんちゃー-たー-が なー また てぃーち-ぬ しぇーしんてき-ぬ きょー‘いく なりーば
nama-nu waɾanʨaː-taː-ga naː mata tiːʨi-nu ɕeːɕinteki-nu kjoːʔiku naɾiːba
"and that they are stories that can have mental educational value for today's children when they hear them."
上間真好 また ‘いー ふぁなし ‘あらんがや-り ‘うむとーん しれー いぇーびん.
mata ʔiː ɸanaɕi ʔaɾaŋgaja-ɾi ʔumutoːɴ ɕiɾeː jeːbiɴ.
"and I think that they may be good stories too"