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INDIAN FOLK TALES

The Cock's Ruse

It was the height of summer and everyone was complaining about the heat. Some men actually shook their fists at the sun. This made the sun very angry and he withdrew from the world.
The earth became cold and dark. People begged the sunís forgiveness and pleaded with him to come out again, but he refused. The birds decided to send their own emissary and chose the cock for the mission.
The cock went to the sunís palace and told him about the hardships everyone was facing because of his absence in the sky. But the sun was unmoved.
"I will never traverse the skies again," he said. "You can tell everyone that."
"That means I will have to go back home in the dark," said the cock, admitting defeat. "Iím sure the jungle cat is lying in wait for me. I will crow if she attacks me. Please come to my rescue."
The cock went some distance and then started crowing as loudly as he could. The sun rushed out. He went in search of the cock across the sky but the bird was nowhere to be seen. He had hidden himself.
The sun continues to come out when the cock crows at dawn. He goes in search of the bird across the world but never finds him.

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