How an Elephant Made a Poor Boy King

BBA 2(B)
Once upon a time there lived a family of eight sons and their parents in a
village. The family was so poor that the parents frequently had to eat all
the food themselves, leaving nothing for the children. Consequently, the
children starved and became very weak. The parents would cook food at night
when the children were asleep. One day while the parents were handling the
pots, one of the children woke up. He was asked by the parents to stay
quiet. They promised to give him a share of whatever they were going to
eat. However, the commotion disturbed the other children and all of them
woke up. The parents tried to distract them by asking questions. They asked
them what they would do for their parents when they grew up. All the sons,
except the youngest who had only just learnt to speak, replied that they
would help their parents in all possible ways. The parents wanted the
youngest son also to respond. The child replied that he would live off the
left over of his elder brothers all his life. The parents were so annoyed
by this reply that they ordered the elder brothers to kill him. The eldest
brother felt sorry for the child and took him to the forest where he sealed
his eyes with some adhesive and left him there. From where the boy stood he
could go in any one of eight different directions. The elder brother also
left him a knife.

The child sat there the whole night and became extremely tired. As dawn
came an elephant appeared and asked him about his problem. The boy told the
elephant all that had transpired during the night. The elephant felt sorry
for the child. “You are the most honest among all your fathers children”,
said he. He unsealed the Childs eyes so that he could see again. Then the
elephant gave the child a reed and told him to chop it into small pieces of
meat. These pieces of meat were to be hung on the reeds and the boy was to
take shelter under the remains of the elephant. The boy did as he was told,
and slept under the skeleton that night.

The next morning the boy found himself inside a big palace. The skeleton of
the elephant had been transformed into the palace during the night. Where
the boy had kept the pieces of meat, there was an annexed to the palace.

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Thus the little boy found himself the king of a beautiful rich city.

News spread far and wide of the sudden emergence of the new city. The cruel
parents meanwhile had become poorer than ever and lived by begging. One day
they, along with their other sons, came upon their youngest son, now a
king. He recognized his parents and without any ill will towards them
ordered a feast in their honor. However, during the feast his mother and
father were to receive severe punishment from God for their misdeeds. They
were made to confess their crimes against their own children. The moment
they finished with their confession they were struck down by chuk-kiubo (a
strange disease causing the tongue to fall out of the mouth). the mothers
eyes too fell out of their sockets, and they both died. The brothers
however stayed happily with the king for many years.