Consider this deliciously moody story from Bantu tribes in the Belgian Congo, collected by Virginia Holladay in the 1930s (New York: Viking Press):
THE MAN AND THE MANGO TREES
There was once a man who had a new house. He had built the
house so that there was a mango tree on each side of the door. The
man was very fond of mangoes and watched the trees carefully
every day to see if the fruit had ripened. It happened that the fruit
was ready to gather on both trees at the same time. On the tree to
the right of the door, the fruit was yellow, with a tinge of pink on
the sunny side. On the tree to the left, the fruit had a tinge of pink
on a yellow background.
When the man saw how good the fruit looked on both trees, he
walked back and forth, trying to decide which he should eat first.
Then he sat down on the doorstep to think it over. The longer he
sat, the less he could decide. He was so hungry for mangoes that
he began to cry. At last he cried himself to sleep.
After a while a stranger came along and saw the man's face all
swollen from crying. He woke him up and asked him what the
matter was. After hearing about the mangoes, he said he thought
that the fruit on the tree to the right looked best. Then he went
on his way.
As soon as the stranger was gone the man began to wonder if he
should eat the best fruit first, or save it until last. That started him
crying again) and he forgot which fruit the stranger had said looked best.
One by one the ripe mangoes fell. When the stranger passed
that way again, the man was still sitting on the doorstep crying. All
the mangoes had fallen to the ground and rotted.