The Jackal and the Hyena

Jackal and Hyena were friends.
Hyena said, "Spears give more pain than lies."
"No," said Jackal, "lies can give more pain than spears."
Then Jackal bought honey-cakes and went to Lion.
"O King," he said, "I offer you this treat."
Lion devoured the honey-cakes. "Delicious!" he roared. "What was that?"
"Hyena-Tears," said Jackal.
Then Lion visited Hyena. "Cry me some tears!" he said.
Hyena cried.
"These are salty!" growled Lion. "I want the sweet ones."
When Hyena couldn't produce honey-tears, Lion beat her until she was nearly dead.
Hyena realized Jackal was right: Lies can give more pain than spears.



Inspired by: "A Lie can give more pain than a Spear" in Hausa Superstitions and Customs  by A. J. N. Tremearne, 1913.
Notes: You can read the original story online.



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