Some hyenas have scratched skin. This African legend explains why. In addition, it is a legend that transmits values to us and tells us about lies, selfishness and cunning. Use legends and short stories to educate your children. They are beautiful stories that explain very well what concepts like
Some hyenas have scratched skin. This African legend explains why. In addition, it is a legend that transmits values to us and tells us about lies, selfishness and cunning.
Use legends and short stories to educate your children. They are beautiful stories that explain very well what concepts like selfishness, envy or deceptionmean.
The hyena and the hare, a legend about cunning
Legend has it that a long, long time ago, a hyena and a hare lived in the savanna that were very good friends. But the hyena cheated the hare and every time the hare managed to catch a big fish, it was the hyena who ate it. To achieve this, the hyena invented trick games and agreed with the hare that the fish would eat who won. He always won. He always cheated.
But the hare got tired. and one day, the hare caught a large fish and warned the hyena:
- Today is my day! Today I will eat this big fish alone!
But the hyena replied:
- Do not do it, hare, this fish is too big for such a small stomach. It will break down before you can eat it all. "Well, that's true," said the hare. "But it does not matter: I'll put it on the coals at night in small pieces to keep it. It will be very rich!
The hyena was dying of envy. I could not stop thinking about the fish of the hare. I had to get it! I had to eat it! So he thought of a plan to satisfy his selfishness.
Night came, and the hyena crossed the river, careful not to make noise. He went to where the hare slept. Beside him I could see the grill with small pieces of fish. It smelled great The hyena was licked with gusto, and laughed at the hare. He imagined the surprise it would take to wake up and see that the fish had been stolen.
But what the hyena did not know, is that
the hare actually fell asleep , but she was awake and very attentive to what the hyena was doing. And when the hyena grabbed the first piece of fish, the hare got up quickly, grabbed the grill that was on top of the fire and ran after the hyena lashed her with it, while the hyena howled in pain, anger and rage.The hyena finished with the whole body marked with the bars of the grill and since then
many hyenas have the striped skin and hate the hares.