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The Man in the Moon and his wife-folk tales in english language

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Long Ago the man-in-the-moon and his wife Atai had a quarrel which led to strange results. The man sometimes was smiling; sometimes he looked grim. His wife was the greatest and brightest star; all the other stars were her servants. The moon could only travel through heaven and shed light. After some time, the man-in-the-moon began to hear whispers of all this, and he becomes jealous. His supremacy was however threatened. So he became very angry and decided not to shine or to allow the stars to shine either. He sought support from rain, thunder, and lightning. He told them that the stars are becoming conceited. After a good deal of talk, he persuaded the elements to do their worst. And there was a great disaster,-the rain poured down, thunder crashed, and lightning flashed. The earth darkened, the rivers were flooded, Trees were swept away, and the people of the earth were forced to take shelter in the caves. The people starved and froze, and it seemed as if the whole world must be destroyed Atai was furious. Her husband had prevented her shining Down below, man, the unfortunate victim, was in terrible straits. Their troubles were increased as they were preyed upon by wild animals. At night, beyond the ring of the fire, they could see the eyes of fierce lions, tigers, and wolves. After some time, the little stars, Approaches Atai and requested her to abandon the quarrel. They said that there should be some agreement between the moon and the stars. When the moon was at his brightest the stars could remain in the background and when the moon had retired the stars could have the heavens to themselves. They also put their peace offers before the man in the moon. Thus the man-in-the-moon and his wife patched up their quarrel. Some people consider that there is nothing more beautiful than a full moon slipping across the skies, other love the splendor of the stars.
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