There were once two greedy brothers. Their father died, and his will said to divide everything equally.
First, they divided the farm. "You take the west half; I'll take the east," said the one brother.
Then the house. "You take the top half; I'll take the bottom," said the other.
Then they cut each piece of furniture in the house in half.
Then they began cutting the livestock in half: chickens, goats, cows, everything.
When they began cutting the servants in half, the police came and arrested them, and they were both hanged for murder. They shared the gibbet equally.
Inspired by: The Ocean of Story by Somadeva, translated by C.H. Tawney: Volume 5.
Notes: This is Story 123.