Sunday, February 10, 2008

Eine indianische Fabel für die Welt

Foto: D.H.G. Streifenhörnchen , Backenhörnchen oder Chipmunk (Tamias) /Yellowstone Park/ Wyoming /USA

Why the Chipmunk Has the Black Stripe


Once upon a time the porcupine was appointed

to be the leader of all the animals. Soon after

his appointment he called them all together and

presented the question, “Shall we have night

all the time and darkness, or daylight with

its sunshine?” This was a very important

question, and a violent discussion took place,

with some wishing for daylight and the sun

to rule, and others for continual night.

The chipmunk wished for night and day, weeks

and months, and night to be separate from

the days, so he began singing, “The light

will come; we must have the light,” which

he continued to repeat. Meanwhile the bear

began singing, “Night is best, we must have


While the chipmunk was singing,the day began

to dawn. When the others saw that the chipmunk

had won,they were very angry and their leader

the bear went after the chipmunk.

The chipmunk managed to escape uninjured, but

the huge paw of the bear grazed his back

as he entered his hole in a hollow tree,

leaving a black streak that chipmunks wear to

this day. But night and day have,ever since,

continued to alternate.

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