Death and the Moon

An old man was walking on the road in the clear light of the moon and saw the body of a dead man lying at the edge of the road. He gathered a number of animals around him and challenged them: "Which of you is brave enough to carry both the dead man and the moon to the other side of the river?"
Two turtles said they would do it. The first one, who had very big claws, took the moon, and arrived safely at the opposite bank; the other, who had only small claws, seized the dead man, but drowned in the river.
That is why the moon, after dying, reappears every night, but a dead man never returns.


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