The Mystery of “Crab People”

  One day in May 2007, American explorer Wilson and a group of nine people came to a virgin forest in Burundi in the Congo River Basin in Africa. They were too tired to walk, Wilson suggested that everyone take a break. Wilson, lying on his back on the thick leaves, suddenly heard slight footsteps. Following the reputation, he saw a dark-skinned boy looking at the tree as he walked swiftly. Wilson was taken aback. He couldn’t believe that humans would live in this vast forest. Wilson hurriedly flashed behind a big tree and raised his binoculars to observe carefully. Suddenly, the boy climbed up to a big tree, as fast as his feet on the ground. The boy reached out to pick a yellow fruit the size of a leather ball, but he couldn’t reach it no matter how hard he tried. Suddenly he clamped the branch with his toes, and with a little force, the branch that was thicker than his thumb snapped off, and the fruit fell to the ground. The boy also descended to the ground at a very fast speed. Wilson couldn’t help shaking his hand with the telescope. He saw that the boy’s foot had only two toes, which were pincer-shaped, much like a crab claw. The boy stopped in surprise when he heard the sound, and when he saw Wilson, he turned and galloped away with a strange cry, and disappeared in the blink of an eye.
   Wilson was relieved for a long time and called his companions to chase after him. They heard a sharp scream coming from the front, and a group of people flashed from behind the tree, surrounding them. These people almost all have the same face: small eyes, big nose and wide mouth, and they wear coarse clothes of different colors. With an angry face, they folded their hands behind their backs, raised one foot and quickly opened their scary pliers, making rhythmic “um, uh” sounds in their mouths, as if they were playing a strange game.
   Wilson was frightened, but quickly calmed down and shouted: “Don’t hurt us, we are your friends.” But the group turned a deaf ear to what he said, and became more angry and shouted more loudly. The bigger you come, the smaller the circle shrinks. Wilson immediately reacted and switched to the native language, yelling several times, and those people gradually lowered their voices and stopped moving forward.
   At this time, a strong young man came out from inside. Wilson hurriedly told him his identity and repeatedly said that he could give them some very precious gifts. The young man turned and walked in front of a gray-haired elder, whispered a few words, and the elder nodded repeatedly. The young man ran over with a smile and said that his name was Delaka, the old man was the chief, and together with the tribe, they welcomed guests from afar.
   The dinner for Wilson and his party was very rich, with all kinds of game. Wilson took out a bottle of champagne from his luggage, but couldn’t open it for a while. At this moment, Dilaka, who was sitting next to him, took the bottle and twisted it lightly with two toes, and the bottle cap fell off.
   Everyone happily ate the meat while tasting the champagne. Wilson found that those people rarely took meat with their hands, most of them stretched out long pincer-shaped feet, pulled the meat directly into the mouth. Seeing Wilson’s astonishment, Delaca simply put his feet in front of Wilson.
   Wilson took a closer look. It turned out that these two toes were thick bones, stretched freely, strong and powerful, just like a sharp, indestructible crab claw. Dilaka told him that because the tribe’s feet looked like crab claws, the nearby natives called them “crab people.” But they do not regard their weird toes as defects, but are proud of having such pincer-shaped feet, and they think it is a gift from heaven.
   Wilson stared in surprise and asked: “Did your ancestors do the same?” Delaka said proudly: “Of course, our ancestors have been like this for generations. I hope God bless our children and grandchildren like this forever.”
   Wilson Yi With surprise on his face, he took out the camera without losing the opportunity to take a photo. The next day, Delaka told Wilson that they were going to harvest wheat and let him rest at home. How could Wilson stay, so he set off with Delaka.
   The wheat field of the “crab man” is not far from the place of residence, and will arrive soon. Wilson saw forty or fifty young men and women standing neatly in a row. When the chief gave an order, he stooped down. Wilson was surprised to find that they had two rows of wheat, but they did not use a sickle to cut the wheat, but a pincer-shaped foot. With the “crab claws”, the dry wheat stalks fell into the hands, and the other foot followed closely, and “clamped” the other stalks of wheat faster than the sickle. Suddenly a hare ran out of the wheat field. Dilaka turned back to catch up. He opened the “crab claw” on his right foot and caught the hare’s neck like lightning. Hearing a “click”, the hare’s head immediately drooped. .
   Wilson was fascinated by the magical lifestyle of the “crab man”, and a dozen films were quickly used up. That morning, Wilson was awakened by strange noises one after another before he got up. He hurriedly got up and took a look, and saw a group of young men dancing around a row of thick wrist sticks. When Wilson asked, he realized that this is a Hercules competition held once a year. Those who have won the first place for three consecutive years will not only get a lot of food and women, but also be a candidate for the chief.
   After the dance, the contestants sit in a row, each with a wooden stick on their feet. The chief gave an order, and they used the “crab claws” on their feet to clamp the stick tightly up and down to see who could break the stick first. The boys gritted their teeth one by one and desperately folded the sticks, but in the end only 3 people including Delaka won.
   The Chiefs brought three thicker and harder sticks, and Delaka and others resumed the game after a short break. This was the final critical moment. All three of them used all their strength, the surrounding “cheerleaders” screamed, and Wilson was also excited to cheer for Delaka. Finally with a “click”, Delaka’s stick broke, and he won the final victory… After
   the photos taken by Wilson were published in the “New York Times”, they immediately caused a sensation in the whole world. People rushed to Burundi to see the “crab”. People” style. At the same time, anthropologists from all over the world also went to explore the mystery. But how did the “crab people” originate today? What made their two-toed pincer-shaped feet… these are still unsolved mysteries.