The Jackal and the War-Drum

A hungry jackal set out in search of food and ended up at an abandoned battlefield. Here, he encountered loud and strange sounds. Scared, he thought “I must run away from this place before the creature who is making such sounds gets me”. After a while he said to himself, “It will not be proper for me to run away without knowing the cause of these sounds. Let me find out what really the sounds are and who is making them because whether it is fear, or happiness, one must know the reason behind it. Such a person will never regret his actions. So, let me look for the source of these scary noises”.

Cautiously, the jackal marched in direction of the sounds and found a big war-drum there. He had seen a drum for the first time and he thought: “Was that sound this creature’s natural voice?” He noticed that whenever the branches of the tree above brushed against it, it made the sound, but was dumb at other times.

So he recognized its helplessness, and crept quite near. He began playing the drum and hungry as he was, he thought that something making so much sound would be stuffed with lots of meat and fat.

Having come to this conclusion, he picked a spot, gnawed a hole, and crept in. But he was disappointed to find no food in it. Yet he consoled himself saying that he rid himself of the fear of sound.