The Bullfrog And The Crab

: Part I.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

There was a Raja who had no head and there was a Tiger who had no

tail. One day they met in a nullah. "Here's a fine dinner for me"

said the Tiger. "Here's a fine dinner for me!" said the Raja. At

this retort the Tiger's courage oozed away; and he did not dare to go

any nearer; but he called out "Well, if I am to be your dinner, come

and catch me:" and the Raja called out "If I am to be your dinner,

come and catch me."
So they stood challenging each other, but neither

took a step forward. Then the Tiger became abusive and called out,

"What have you done with your head?" the Raja retorted "What is a tiger

without a tail? You also are short of a member. I may have no head

but I have more legs than you." The Tiger could think of no retort

to make to this and so said "Come, don't let us quarrel any more;

let us be friends; I live near here, where do you live?"

"My home is also near here."

"Then we are neighbours: there is no reason why we should be enemies."

"Who knows what you are at?" answered the Raja: "for you are

pretending that you cannot see aright, but it is quite true that we

are neighbours." "You are right," said the other, "I admit that I

did wrong, and I bow down before you." So they saluted each other and

the Tiger said "Let's have a song to show what good friends we are:

and he sang (to the rice planting tune):

"The Frog King and the Frog Queen

Sat at their front door.

The Frog King's marriage is going on:

Look, my master!

The Frog King and the Frog Queen!

The Frog King's marriage is going on."