~ 177. The Three Wise Men ~
Three wise men wandering through the jungle found the bones of a dead tiger.
The first man boasted, "I have the power to reassemble these bones." He chanted a spell, and behold: the tiger-skeleton was made whole.
The second man said, "I have greater powers; I can put flesh on those bones." He chanted his spell, and behold: a dead tiger was lying on the ground.
The third boasted he was the most powerful of all. "I can revive the dead!" He chanted a spell, and the tiger came to life.
The tiger then attacked and killed all three men.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 893 in the book, which is not in the Perry catalog. This is a popular Indian folktale.