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The Flying Elephant

 A Bhili folktale

A sugarcane farmer

once lived in a small village.

He works very hard in his fields

And hoped to have a big harvest.

One morning, he saw

that a big chunk

of his crop was missing.

The next day,

Another huge chunk

 Of his crop was gone.

“I’ll stay awake tonight

And see who’s eating my sugarcane,”

The farmer thought to himself.

That night,

he waited by the window,

watching his fields.

As the moon rose,

he saw a tiny speck

grow larger in the sky.

It was an elephant

flying right into his field!
The farmer watched in amazement

as it flew down

and started eating his sugarcane.

He tiptoed outside

and waited for the elephant

to finish eating.

When the elephant

began flying away,

the farmer grabbed its tail

in order to catch the elephant.

Soon he was flying above his fields

Into Indra’s kingdom of Paradise.

Paradise was filled

with beautiful birds and flowers.

The ground was covered

with silver grass

and precious stones.

The farmer soon found

the royal palace

and met Indra.

“ Your elepant

has been flying down

and eating all my sugarcane.

My harvest is ruined,”

said the farmer.

 “ I am very sorry.

Please take whatever you want

from my kingdom.

I’ll make sure

he doesn’t go down again

and damage your crops.”

said Indra

and blessed the man

with a safe journey back home.

The farmer took

two handfuls of gems

and returned home.

He built himself a new house

and became a very rich man.

Soon the whole village was curious

about his sudden wealth.

One day, some villagers

went to visit the farmer’s wife.

“Where did you get all this money?

Did you find

buried treasure in your fields?”

they asked.

The farmer’s wife told them

what had happened.

That evening the villagers decided

to lure

the elephant down themselves.

“When we get to Paradise,

we’ll take more

than just two handfuls of gems!”

they said.

They planted a field of sugarcane

and sure enough,

the elephant flew down one night.

One villager grabbed its tail

and soon

there was a chain of villagers

flying behind the elephant.

As they flew up,

They began talking about

what they would bring back.

Finally,

it was the turn of the villager

holding the elephant’s tail.

“I’m going to carry back

this many gems!”

he declared in excitement.

He stretched his arms wide

and let go of the elephant’s tail.

The villagers all fell

in a heap on the ground.

They watched sadly

as the elephant disappeared

into the sky.

“Don’t worry.

The elephant will come back

tomorrow,”

said the villagers.

But Indra,

hearing of the villagers’ trick,

arranged for a sugarcane field

to be planted in Paradise.

The elephant

never felt the need

to fly down again.

The villagers waited

for many nights,

watching they sky.

But the elephant

never came back down again.

 

The Flying Elephant

A Bhili folktale

A sugarcane farmer once lived in a small village. He worked very hard

in his fields and hoped to have a big harvest. One morning, he saw that

a big chunk of his crop was missing. The next day, another huge chunk

of his crop was gone. “I’ll stay awake tonight and see who’s eating my

sugarcane,” the farmer thought to himself.

 

That night, he waited by the window, watching his fields. As the moon

rose, he saw a tiny speck grow larger in the sky. It was an elephant flying

right into his field! The farmer watched in amazement as it flew down

and started eating his sugarcane. He tiptoed outside and waited for the

elephant to finish eating.

 

When the elephant began flying away, the farmer grabbed its tail in order

to catch the elephant. Soon he was flying above his fields into Indra’s

kingdom of Paradise. Paradise was filled with beautiful birds and flowers.

The ground was covered with silver grass and precious stones.

 

The farmer soon found the royal palace and met Indra.”Your elephant

has been flying down and eating all my sugarcane. My harvest is ruined,”

said the farmer.” I am very sorry. Please take whatever you want from my

kingdom. I’ll make sure he doesn’t go down again and damage your crops,”

said Indra and blessed the man with a safe journey back home.

 

The farmer took two handfuls of gems and returned home. He built

himself a new house and became a very rich man. Soon the whole village

was curious about his sudden wealth.

 

One day, some villagers went to visit the farmer’s wife. “Where did you get

all this money? Did you find buried treasure in your fields?” they asked.

The farmer’s wife told them what had happened.

That evening the villagers decided to lure the elephant down

themselves. “When we get to Paradise, we’ll take more than just two

handfuls of gems!” they said. They planted a field of sugarcane and sure

enough, the elephant flew down one night. One villager grabbed its tail

and soon there was a chain of villagers flying behind the elephant.

As they flew up, they began talking about what they would bring back.

Finally, it was the turn of the villager holding the elephant’s tail. “I’m going

to carry back this many gems!” he declared in excitement. He stretched

his arms wide and let go of the elephant’s tail. The villagers all fell in a

heap on the ground.

 

They watched sadly as the elephant disappeared into the sky. “Don’t

worry. The elephant will come back tomorrow,” said the villagers. But

Indra, hearing of the villagers’ trick, arranged for a sugarcane field to be

planted in Paradise. The elephant never felt the need to fly down again.

The villagers waited for many nights, watching the sky. But the elephant

never came back down again.

 

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