Okikurumi Samayunguru And The Shark





Okikurumi and his henchman Samayunguru went out one day to sea, and

speared a large shark, which ran away, up and down the sea, with the

line and the boat. The two men grew very tired of pulling at him, and

could not prevent the boat from being pulled about in all directions.

Their hands were bloody and blistered both on the backs and on the

palms, till at last Samayunguru sank dead in the bottom of the boat. At

last Okikurumi could hold on no longer, and he cursed the shark, saying:

"You bad shark! I will cut the rope. But the tip of the harpoons, made

half of iron and half of bone, shall remain sticking in your flesh; and

you shall feel in your body the reverberation of the iron and the

scraping of the bone; and on your skin shall grow the rasupa-tree and

the shiuri-tree of which the spear-handle is made, and the hai-grass

by which the tip of the harpoon is tied to the body of it, and the

nipesh-tree of which the rope tying the harpoon itself is made, so

that, though you are such a mighty fish, you shall not be able to swim

in the water; and you shall die, and a last be washed ashore at the

river-mouth of Saru; and even the carrier-crows and the dogs and foxes

will not eat you, but will only void their foeces upon you, and you

shall at last rot away to earth."



The shark laughed, thinking this was merely a human being telling a

falsehood. Okikurumi cut the rope, and, after a long time, managed to

reach the land. Then he revived Samayunguru, who had been dead. And

afterwards the shark died and was washed ashore at the river-mouth of

Saru; and the tip of the harpoon made half of iron and half of bone had

stuck in its flesh; and it had felt in its body the reverberation of the

hammering of the iron and the scraping of the bone; and in its skin were

growing the rasupa-tree and the shiuri-tree of which the

spear-handle used by Okikurumi was made, and the hai-grass by which

the tip of the harpoon was tied to the body of it, and the nipesh-tree

of which the rope tying the harpoon itself was made; and even the

carrion-crows and the dogs and foxes would not eat the bad shark, but

only voided their foeces upon him; and at last he rotted away to

earth.



Therefore take warning, oh! sharks of the present day, lest you die as

this shark died!--(Written down from memory. Told by Ishanashte, 24th

November, 1886.)





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