Santal: The Brave Jackal

This story is part of the Santal Folklore unit. Story source: Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas (1909).

The Brave Jackal

Once upon a time, a he-goat ran away for fear of being slaughtered and took refuge in a leopard’s cave.

When the leopard came back to the cave, the goat called out “Hum Pakpak,” and the leopard ran away in a fright.

Presently it met a jackal and called out “Ah! my sister’s son, some fearful animal has occupied my house!”

“What is it like, uncle?” asked the jackal.

“It has a wisp of hemp tied to its chin,” answered the leopard.

“I am not afraid, uncle,” boasted the jackal; “I have eaten many animals like that, bones and all.”

So they tied their tails together and went back to the leopard’s cave.

When the two drew near the goat stood up, and the leopard said, “This morning he called out something dreadful at me.”

At this they both fled, and in their struggles to separate, all the hair on the jackal’s tail was scraped off and the jackal called out, “Alas, alas! Uncle, you have scraped off all my skin!”

(200 words)

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