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Shvoong Home>Social Sciences>Sociology>The Village Chief Goes to Heaven Summary

The Village Chief Goes to Heaven

Article Summary   by:pemu     Original Author: A traditional folk tale in Sri-Lanka
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Once there was a village chief who enjoyed cultivating.He spent most part of the day working in field.Though,one day he found some one had eaten up the plants at the centre of the field.He was dissappointed.As he walked to the centre of the paddy field,saw footprints of an elephnt.There was no jungle close by where elephants live.The most strange happening was the eating of paddy plants only from the centre of the field.He was perplexed and thought on his way to go home,very care ful not to reveal anything to his wife.
     The village chief asked his wife to prepare his meal early and said that he has to attend an important matter in the evening.His wife inquired again and again but the chieftan was very carefull to keep silent.Any way his wife was prepared his food early as requested.Then he left home secretly to the paddy field and kept watch every thing.At midnight,there was a bright glow over the field and a tusker who was white in colour came down from the sky and started to eat paddy plants.The chieftain slowly approched the tusker and tighly held its tail.The tusker tried a few times to get freed.But he failed.Then the tusker started to fly back to heaven.It is the tusker of God Sakra.The chieftain was very happy.On following night the tusker brought him back to the paddy field.He sighed the tusker if he likes to eat the paddy plants that he welcomed to do so daily.Then he set off home.His wife was very anxions to know what happened to him.
     So,the chieftain said."You know,last night i had the opportunity of going to the heaven and now here i'm back." then his wife started crying and said."You left me all alone here.you did not think about me.You're not kind enough."
     Then the village chief asked her to get ready to go to the heaven on the following night.Then she requested to take their daughter as well.The chieftain was looking for going to what happening he advised to the mother and the daughter to kept this secret.When they were getting ready the mother in-law of the village chief came in and asked about their strange behaviour.She also wanted to join them.The chieftain agreed to it as he never wanted to hurt his wife.
     Then she went out to meet the washerman,looking for some new clothes.The woman there who clean clothes also wanted to join them and she also came to the house of the village chief.They had their supper early and went to the paddy field and the chieftain adviced the all members again not to speak even a word.Exactly at the midnight the tusker came in to the field.The chief ran at the tusker and held his tail tightly and the wife held the chief.The others so did one by one.
     The tusker put an end in its eating and started to fly back.The wife held her husband tightly and asked him not to leave her when they are in heaven.Now they were flying up and up the sky.The washer woman was very eager to see the heaven and started to talk about the measurments of paddy in the heaven.She wanted to know about the size of that measuments.Then the chief tried to explain it by taking his hand off the tail of the tusker.Consequently they all fell down on the ground and perished.
Published: June 19, 2008   
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