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Published on 07 Sep 2011 | over 6 years ago

Who is stronger, the blazing Sun or the proud Wind?

The Wind and the Sun
A Santali folktale
One afternoon,
the Wind and the Sun
were having an argument
about who was stronger.
"I've uprooted huge trees
and drowned millions of ships.
You can't do
either of those things,"
said the Wind proudly.
The Sun smiled and shrugged.
"That doesn't mean
you're more powerful," he said.
"I can cover you with clouds
so that no one can see you!
You can't do that to me,"
said the Wind.
But the Sun just smiled warmly.
"I still think
I'm stronger than you,"
he said calmly.
The Wind began to grumble.
He didn't like the idea
of the Sun being stronger than him.
"Why don't we have a test?"
the Wind finally suggested.
He whipped around,
looking for something
to show off his strength.
"Shall we see who can knock down
the most number of houses?"
he asked.
"Let's keep it simple.
See that man over there?"
asked the Sun.
The Wind looked down
and saw a man
walking down a road.
He was whistling happily to himself
and had a shawl
thrown across his shoulders.
"Shall we see who can force him
off the road first?" the Wind asked.
"No, that will only hurt him,”
the Sun replied.
“Let's just see
who can take his shawl off.”
The Wind shrugged
and whipped around the sky.
He huffed and puffed
and made the leaves
in the trees shiver.
The man frowned at the sky
and wrapped his shawl
tightly around himself.
Thunderclouds appeared in the sky.
Animals began running for shelter
and the Wind began to roar.
The man wrapped his shawl
even tighter.
Soon the thunderclouds drifted away.
The Wind had blown himself out.
"I give up. I can't do it,"
panted the Wind.
He curled up on top of a cloud
to catch his breath.
"Now it's my turn," said the Sun.
He yawned lazily
and stretched his rays.
He seemed to grow brighter
and bigger in the sky.
Soon it was as hot
as a summer day.
The man looked up at the sky
and wiped the sweat off his forehead.
"What strange weather
we're having today!"
he said to himself.
Then he took his shawl off
and tucked it under his arm.
"Looks like you win,"
the Wind agreed cheerfully.
He clapped his hands
and made the leaves on the trees rustle.
"You don't have to knock a man down
to take his shawl off,"
said the Sun with a teasing smile.
They laughed together
and watched the man
walking down the road,
again whistling happily to himself.

Illustrations: Emanuelle Scanziani
Music & Art Direction: Ladislav Brozman & Riccardo Carlotto
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